The 90th Academy Awards went down Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and there were definitely some major moments … well, thanks to the black folks. If we’re being honest, the show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel was a little bland until people like Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph spiced things up and gave us a reason to keep watching. But they weren’t the only ones. Check out these five moments that gave us life.
Jordan Peele made history becoming the first black person to score a win for best original screenplay. During his speech he thanked the fans and those who helped him make the record breaking blockbuster which also garnered him historic nominations for best director and best film.
Kobe Bryant also made history becoming the first NBA player and former NBA player to win an Oscar. The L.A. Laker won for best animated short for his film Dear Basketball and used the opportunity during his acceptance speech to take a jab at his haters. Needless to say Bryant has changed the game, also becoming the first Black man to receive a nod in the Short Film category.
Mary J. Blige was also the first person in Oscars history to be nominated for both an acting award and for best original song for the same film, and you better believe she gave the performance of a lifetime when on that Oscars stage when she sang “Mighty River” from Mudbound.
We also got chills seeing Janet Mock, Patrisse Cullors and Tarana Burke in the spotlight among an array of activists during Common and Andra Day’s performance of their nominated song, “Stand Up for Something,” from Marshall.
But the moment that had us weak … in a good way was Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph presenting the award for Best Short. Holding their shoes and joking about how bad their feet hurt, the duo suggested that the Oscars may now be too black. We seriously think these two need to host the Oscars together next year.