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Team Experience Oscar Reax Pt 1: Joy, Horniness, Good Speeches

As is our practice we polled the team and a few friends shortly after the Oscars to get their takes. We hope you'll answer the same questions in the comments!  


  1. Which moment filled you with the most joy?
  2. Which moment made you horniest?
  3. Which speech was your favourite?
  4. Which gown left you gagging? 

Our answers are after the jump...


Tim Brayton (Alternate Ending): Samuel L. Jackson bursting out laughing before saying Spike Lee's name, and Lee responding by literally jumping on Jackson when he reached the stage. It's so profoundly obvious that the two men are friends and colleagues, and that this is a highlight in both of their lives.

Deborah Lipp: I could watch every Oscar telecast for the rest of my life and not be as joy-filled as I was by seeing Spike Lee leap into Samuel L. Jackson's arms for spontaneous dry-humping.

Lynn Lee: Samuel L. Jackson bellowing Spike Lee's name as he read out the winner for adapted screenplay...closely matched by Spike's jumping into his arms and his little dance after his speech in his gold high tops. This recognition was sooo long overdue, and you could just feel the joy rippling from Jackson to his old friend. 

Matthew Rettenmund (Boy Culture): Joy was sparked for me when Spike Lee triumphantly mounted Samuel L. Jackson, mainly because I knew a part of Trump died inside.

Nathaniel R: I'm not sure "joy" exactly describes it but the most I FELT all night, a kind of aching sense of truth with joy threaded through it, was when Regina King, referring to her remarkable career and her mother's influence, said...

I'm an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone."

I teared up, reader, I teared up. Creative careers are so hard -- hell, life is so hard, that someone continually rooting for you can make a profound difference. 

Eric Blume: Olivia Colman's win.  In my opinion, she gave the year's single best performance, and Emma Stone looking at her saying "OH MY GOD!" was priceless.  Plus, Olivia's speech was honest, goofy, funny, touching, and thoughtful.  Plus, it would have been truly sad to see The Favourite, the year's boldest and most interesting film, go home empty handed.  That it went home with such a big award was an absolute thrill.

Jason Adams: I thought Glenn Close was good in The Wife and I would have been perfectly fine with her winning an Oscar, but would I have temporarily passed out on my couch and immediately started crying the second I regained consciousness like I did when Olivia Colman won? Probably not!  

Chris Feil:  I'm fond of when living displays of the nominated costumes accompany the Costume Design prize on the telecast, so I was grateful that Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry took matters into their own hands. You guys, SO MANY BUNNIES! Bryan Tyree Henry in Mary Poppins gloves was a sexual experience I shall not soon forget.

Ben Miller: On paper, Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy should not work.  But, when you have two people who completely understand a joke and commit to it fully, you get comedy gold. 


Jorge Molina: James McAvoy introducing the sound awards by doing ASMR in his Scottish accent did... a lot of things for me. As did Javier Bardem and Diego Luna introducing their respective segments in Spanish. I'm a sucker for accents, what can I say?

Ginny O'Keefe: Every Adam Driver reaction shot.

Matthew Rettenmund (Boy Culture):  My eyes were knocked up by Chris Evans — and they were wearing protection.

Chris Feil:  What more is there to say other than "Rachel Weisz wore latex". 

Eric Blume: When Bradley Cooper walked around the piano and sat next to Lady Gaga, and they leaned in cheek to cheek for their last chorus of "Shallow," heaven and earth seemed to briefly align.  Since Bradley speaks French, I will simply say Le Sigh.

Murtada Elfadl: Bradley Cooper during the performance of “Shallow" When Bradley Cooper got up and went across to sit right next to Lady Gaga while she played the piano. Wow I felt that. Deeply. The nuzzle, the closeness, the talent of both of them radiating so loudly. He looks at her with admiration but also with the same reverence that us gay men hold for only the most talented divas.  

Nathaniel R: I was spellbound for the whole of "Shallow" and here are two tweets that say it best for what I was feeling/experiencing:



Deborah Lipp: It will be interesting to see if anyone answers anything but the Bradley
Cooper / Lady Gaga "Shallow" duet. They will be wrong, but interesting.

Lynn Lee: Chadwick Boseman stepping up in that glittery Catwoman would say (in Michelle Pfeiffer's sultry purr, of course), "meow."  Runner-up: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga gazing into each other's eyes the end of their performance of "Shallow," which made me want to reach for a cigarette (I don't smoke).  Even if those two never actually boned, you know they wanted to.

Jason Adams: I wanted to lick that single tear rolling down Yorgos Lanthimos' cheek during Olivia's speech.


Chris Feil: Period. End of Sentence. continued the tradition of the shorts categories providing some of the most rousing politically motivated speech, but they also gave us a momentary staged reading of 20th Century Women. Say it with me everyone: "menstruation".

Tim Brayton: How could it not be Olivia Colman? Deferring to jokes when she couldn't think of anything to say, blowing a raspberry when the teleprompter told her to wrap up, and ending with a definitive, and somehow exactly perfect, declaration of love to Lady Gaga. It was one of the most natural, organic moments of nervous happiness in Oscar history.

Ben Miller: Two kinds of speeches are the best.  First, the rehearsed and ready speeches like the one Ruth Carter gave (her freaking notes matched her dress!!!) and the completely overwhelmed glee like what Olivia Colman presented.  

Matthew Rettenmund (Boy Culture):  I liked Olivia Colman's speech because it gave props to Glenn Close, something the voters are allergic to doing.

Seán McGovern:  A tie between Regina King and Ruth E. Carter; the former for thanking James Baldwin who deserves to be thanked every day; the latter for recognising the significance of her win, but also soaking up the moment and reminding everyone of how her talent got her to that podium.

Jorge MolinaHannah Beachler's speech after her win for Black Panther's production design made me very emotional, as did Alfonso Cuaron's after the historic first win for Mexico in Best Foreign Language Film. Technically, since the country gets the award, I got that too!


Jorge Molina: It's scientifically proven that Angela Bassett cannot look bad, no matter what she wears. My God.

Ginny O'Keefe: Selma Blair's gown at the after party. I have a dress with that exact same pattern that I wore to a Bat Mizvah in 6th grade. 

Seán McGovern: I think this year was one full of hits - but my favourite was Rachel Weiss's latex, which may also count as my horniest moment.



Nathaniel R: I was obviously going to say "Glenn Close wearing all gold to match her Oscar" but that thrill was thwarted. Alas. But there were a lot of beautiful gowns. My favourite, all told, was Emma Stone's bizarre but fetching waffle cone dress, with 1940s drama in the shoulders (an homage to The Favourite's mix of modern and period?). I also enjoyed Bette Midler, Olivia Colman, Amy Adams, Emilia Clarke, and Hannah Beachler. And, as has been shockingly the case all season, the men really turned it out. It wasn't just Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn that were looking either daring or tasty or both simultaneously. 

Matthew Rettenmund (Boy Culture):  I dry-heaved more than gagged. Honestly, a year of a lot of ugly threads. But I thought J.Lo was characteristically stunning and Amy Adams decided she would look amazing so that if she won, she'd look amazing in her pictures and if she lost, she'd still be hotter than almost everyone else.

Chris Feil: Billy Porter, we thank you for your service.

Your turn, our beloved readers! Answer those four questions in the comments please. 


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Reader Comments (36)

Which moment filled you with the most joy? Bette Midler as always. She's my Xanax.

Which moment made you horniest? Angela Bassett and Javier Bardem

Which speech was your favourite? The menstruation team.

Which gown left you gagging? Angela Bassett

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I thought I was the only one who found Yorgos attractive. Jason, call me. :love:

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

1. Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry presenting Best Costume Design.
2. Regina King and Chris Evans. Yum.
3. Ruth Carter's.
4. Olivia Colman's. WTF was that?

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

And, of course my love of Yorgos made me forget to answer the questions. Alas:

Which moment filled you with the most joy? -- Olivia Colman's surprise win. She deserved it.

Which moment made you horniest? -- Besides Yorgos? Chris Evans was already mentioned, so I'll go with Stephan James in red velvet. Reminded me of my answer to this question from last year, Armie Hammer's red velvet tux. Ugh.

Which speech was your favourite? -- Olivia Colman! Again, so deserved.

Which gown left you gagging? -- Honestly? Julia Roberts, pretty in pink. She has been looking incredible lately. Hoping she gets another nom soon.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Which moment filled you with the most joy? Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry were hilarious. What a great pairing.

Which moment made you horniest? Gaga and Bradley, of course.

Which speech was your favourite? There were a lot of great speeches, but the women from Period. End of Sentence. killed it.

Which gown left you gagging? I loved Michelle Yeoh's look, but Frances McDormand also gets a lot of credit for being herself while looking very pretty as well.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Joy: Regina King's win without a doubt. I wish it had occurred later in the ceremony so I could have built up to it. I'm so glad she is finally getting the recognition she deserves.
Horny: Shallow is the obvious choice, but also maybe Amy Poehler's smoky eyes. HOTT
Favorite Speech: (tie) Ruth E. Carter, Hannah Beachler. Close behind: Regina King
Gag Gown: Because I'm contractually-obligated not to include Sarah Paulson in worst anything, I'll go with Kasey Musgraves and Linda Cardellini (tie) in tulle nightmare.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Oh by gagging, you meant good? Then Regina King, Queen of the Night again.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

I found the Spike Lee moment embarrassing. He also hogged the mike and let none of the other writers speak. Major egomaniac.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTF

Which moment filled you with the most joy?
Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy... pure gold as presenters.

Which moment made you horniest?
Jason Momoa in pink velvet.

Which speech was your favourite?
Regina King, because I was just so happy to see her win. And also "Period. End of Sentence" for Documentary Short, equal parts endearing and moving.

Which gown left you gagging?
Billy Porter, the end.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterV.

The most joy: Melissa McCarthy taking up the Whoopi Goldberg mantle and wearing all those bunnies. It was creative, hilarious, and the rabbit puppet was the cherry on top.
Bette Midler and Spike Lee are my runners up.
Horniest: Give James McAvoy an Oscar nomination next year so we can all get more.
Favourite speech: Olivia Colman - that stream of consciousness monologue was just brilliant and gracious. (Period doc a very close second.)
Gown that made me gag was Billy Porter's - but I gagged because I thought it was way too much.How narcissistic, what's next ? Wearing wings next year?
The gown I liked best was Amy Adams, perfect elegance worn with panache.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

1. Spike Lee's win.
2. Angela and Javier (sweeping romantic epic covering years and countries for these two, please)
3. Regina's.
4. Almost any of the ones with the dramatic shoulder ruffles/bows (Angela, J. Hud, Beachler) and Regina's.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Joy: McCarthy and the rabbit.
Horny: There's something about Chadwick.
Speech: Colman.
Gown: I really liked what Mahershala's wife was wearing.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterevangelina

1. Oliva winning
3. The make up team from... Kidding. Lady Gaga
4. That thing on Emma Stone

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrown Cow Stunning

Most joy?

Nothing got to my heartstrings like Regina King, who managed to sound more like a working actress than a movie star, reminding us (without announcing it), that it takes a lot of hard work and the support of others to get to that podium.


Helen Mirren and Jason Momoa giving us fifty shades of pink.

Which speech was your favourite?

Ruth E. Carter's was my favorite speech, beat for beat. But the best line went to Cuarón accepting Roma's Oscar for Mexico: "I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them and being inspired. Films like “Citizen Kane,” “Jaws,” “Rashomon,” “The Godfather” and “Breathless”." Global perspective is the best antidote to Green Book.

Which gown left you gagging?

It was all about pants this year. Amy Poehler's soft butch tux, Melissa McCarthy's perfectly proportioned separates, Elsie Fisher looking like the chicest 9th grader ever, and of course BILLY FUCKING PORTER, peeling off that glorious dress and revealing a flared trouser for his on-carpet interviews. FLAWLESS.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Which moment filled you with the most joy? Gaga & Bradley's performance and subsequent win.
Which moment made you horniest? Chris helping Regina to stage.
Which speech was your favourite? Regina, it was so real, not an ounce of performance. She was truly humble about her win.
Which gown left you gagging? Um, Olivia Colman's pool table of a dress.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJess K.

JOY—Tina/Amy/Maya by a long shot.

HORNIEST—See this week's Beauty/Beast. Hoult/Alwyn.

SPEECH—Olivia got my undivided attention for a sad reason and held it for a wonderful reason. She was pitch perfect.

GOWN—Allison Janney DID that. Why do people act like it's so hard to be memorable, elegant and glamorous all at once? Fit, cut, material, hair, jewels—next. She could do this in her sleep.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

1. Olivia Colman winning Best Actress.
2. Tie between Bradley and Gaga’s Shallow performance and Charlize Theron and Daniel Craig presenting together because OMFG they were so hot.
3. Olivia Colman’s, obviously.
4. I love Rachel Weisz but I’m still not sure what was going on with that dress

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRayLewis1997

Maya Rudolph seeing King's name in the envelope and sighing relief.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

lol at all of you who think "gagging" is a negative thing 🤣🤣🤣

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

Most joy: A thrilled Spike Lee leaping on an equally thrilled Sam Jackson
Horniest: Chris Evans, chivalry is hottttt
Speech: toss up betwist the gals of Period. End of Sentence, Regina King, & Spike
Gown: Why Billy Porter, of course!

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Most Joy: Olivia Colman's win. Totally unexpected and totally deserving.
Horniest: Chris Evans for sure.
Speech: Olivia Colman's. Very endearing and filled with a mix of emotions
Dress: Charlize Therom

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhickory

Also, when Olivia blew a rasberry, she also gave them the finger. Anyone else noticed that?

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

most joy, and most choked up:

"i did my best, and my best is good enough."

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharles O

1. Olivia Colman
2. Chris Evans being the embodiment of chivalry. I'm so gay for him.
3. Hannah Beachler
4. Linda Cardellini.... sorry...

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Horniest: the guy in the red velvet tuxedo who appeared to be half-hard when he walked on stage to present

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Most joy: Olivia Colman being genuinely shocked by her win, particularly that little moment of her desperately asking "what am I going to do?" to someone before she gets on stage. The other one wasn't in the ceremony, but it was Beachler tearing up as she was watching the Oscar get engraved with her name on it.

Best gown: Billy Porter!

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterstarlit

Olivia Stoleman's speech is not graceful at all.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

High lights: Shallow, best costume and best actress presentations (not just the speech, but the whole presentation), Evans giving King a hand.
Best dressed women: Kiki Layne and Charlize Theron.
Best dressed men: Nicolas Hoult and Chris Evans.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRicopolo

Jennifer Lopez and Chris Evan were a very hot couple of presenters.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

Joy? Regina King winning. I’m a big fan and I’m glad she finally got the attention she deserves.

Speech? Olivia Coleman. Funny, honest, inspirational, and reverential to Glenn Close as all good Oscar speeches should be.

Gown? Glenn Close looked amazing, but so have to give it up for Melissa McCarthy rocking the after parties in the Adidas track suit.

February 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

God I hope Brie Larson looks more jacked than this in Captain Marvel. I just wanna see one female superhero that looks like they could dish out a Serena Williams beatdown. Why does society hate a strong looking woman? ANd I dont mean toned, Brie looks like she could run a few miles easy, I mean STRONG like if I saw her in a dark alley Id run off.

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterkris01

Joy: Ruth Carter winning. It was so deserving, but also the historical nature of the win had me full Marie Kondo.

Horny: Diego Luna. I've always found the man attractive, and he brought it to a brand new level. I literally texted friends about how unfair it is that he was in the one Star Wars that can't have a sequel immediately after he left the stage.

Speech: Period. End of Sentence. Others have already said the reasons why. It was perfect.

Gown: Billy Porter. And this isn't an opinion, it is a fact.

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMSP

Which moment filled you with the most joy? Olivia's win and the fact that academy awards members who haven't seen the Wife don't need to find out that tv movie, and that alone explains that long and cheering standing ovation.

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSamson

Best Speech: Olivia Colman

Worst Dressed: Billy Porter

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMatt L.

OMG, Olivia Stoleman, am I fetch enough to be cool?

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

LMFAO at the Emma Stone reply tweet.

February 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

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