Oscars: How Each Best Picture Nominee Was Introduced

6:00 PM 2/24/2019

by Lexy Perez

Presenters who took to the stage included Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Serena Williams and Tom Morello.

Clockwise, from top left: 'Black Panther,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'The Favourite,' 'Vice,' A Star Is Born,' 'Green Book,' 'Roma'
Clockwise, from top left: 'Black Panther,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'The Favourite,' 'Vice,' A Star Is Born,' 'Green Book,' 'Roma'
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This year's Oscars may be without a host, but that didn't mean the ceremony was shy of star power. A slew of famous faces took the stage Sunday at the 2019 Oscars to introduce the best picture nominees. 

Barbra Streisand, Trevor Noah and Queen Latifah were among the 11 famous faces on hand to present the best picture nominees, which included Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Vice, Roma, Green Book and A Star Is Born

Other presenters included chef Jose Andres, Dana Carvey, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Amandla Stenberg and Serena Williams.

Show producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss had said previously that it was decided that each best picture would get its own presentation instead of being part of a lengthy montage package. The plan was to have famous stars outside of Hollywood present each of the eight films. 

The 91st Oscars were held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. 

Here is how each best picture nominee was introduced, in the order of their presentations. 

  • 'Vice'

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    Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello introduced the best picture nominee starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell. Morello described the Dick Cheney biopic as a film that placed "a spotlight on the man who avoided it all his career." "It is about the past, but serves as a warning for the future and present," he said. Morello later added: "Some will dig it. Some will cover their ears. But everyone will do the one thing movies beg us to do: react." The musician may have introduced the film based on the former Republican vice president, but Morello has been vocal about his dismay over President Donald Trump before by encouraging citizens to stand up to "Old Man Trump."

  • 'A Star Is Born'

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    Tennis player Serena Willams introduced the best picture nominee starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. She discussed the film's premise of making dreams come true and seeing that journey through Gaga's character's Ally's eyes. "Having the dream is easy. Making it come true is hard," Williams said. "We see through Ally's eyes. The highs and lows on the journey to stardom." 

  • 'The Favourite '

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    On hand to present the best picture nominee for the film starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman was Queen Latifah, who quipped that her introducing the pic was rather fitting. "It's not easy being queen," she joked before introducing the film's montage. 

  • 'Black Panther'

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    Trevor Noah presented the best picture nominee for the Marvel film. The Daily Show host was quick to joke that he is consistently told, "Wakanda forever!," despite not taking on the role of the Marvel superhero. "Even backstage, Mel Gibson said, 'Wakanda forever!' He said another word afterward, but Wakanda was nice," Noah quipped. He also explained that the film was proof that in times like this when we’re trying to fight each other, "it’s stronger if we fight together." After the pic's release, the late-night host revealed during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that he had a subtle role in the film, but wasn't physically seen. Instead, he voiced the character Griot — the AI system that guides Martin Freeman’s character in a virtual plane during the ending battle scene. 

     

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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    Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were on hand to present the best picture nominee of the Freddie Mercury biopic. Prior to taking the stage, a clip from their film Wayne's World was shown in which their characters sang and danced along to Bohemian Rhapsody in the car. Once taking the stage, the pair received a standing ovation, with Myers jokingly shouting, "We're not worthy!" The pair then explained that Queen played a large part in the success of Wayne’s World. "We’re humbled to be associated with that brilliant song," they said. Apart from introducing the pic, Myers also stars in the film as Ray Foster. 

  • 'Roma'

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    Chef Jose Andres and Diego Luna introduced the best picture nominee helmed by Alfonso Cuaron. "People of the world, each person’s lives is a recipe all on its own with different measures of joy and sadness. Struggle and success. Love and loss. The results are unique every time, even though all the ingredients are universal," Andres said of the film's premise. In their bilingual presentation of the movie, Luna and Andres then described it as an "honest and vital portrait of Mexico city," but also one that gives a "voice to the voiceless." "This beautiful intimate film, one that gives a voice to the voiceless, reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe one to the invisible people in our lives, immigrants and women who move humanity forward," Andres said as the crowd erupted into applause. 

  • 'BlacKkKlansman'

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    Barbra Streisand, who introduced the best picture nominee directed by Spike Lee, also receiving a standing ovation from the audience. During her introduction, Streisand applauded Lee's movie, saying she was "stunned" and "very moved" after seeing it. "It had everything a great film should have. It was so real, so funny and yet so horrifying because it was based on the truth, and truth is especially precious these days," she said. Streisand also described the moment she formed a friendship with Lee after tweeting her praise of the film. "I got a lovely note from Spike himself and the conversation after that was really easy because we were both raised in Brooklyn. We both love hats," she joked as Lee stood up in agreement. 

  • 'Green Book'

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    Amandla Sternberg and civil rights leader and Georgia Rep. John Lewis took the stage to introduce the best picture nominee starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. "I can bear witness to the portrait of that time and place in our history is very real," Lewis said of the film's historical depiction. He also explained that he still "bears the scars" from that time. "Young and old, I encourage you to be an active participant in your journey," Lewis said before the film's montage was shown.