Best: Janelle Monáe Kicks Things Off With a Bang: If anyone needs to be told to “come alive,” it’s a bunch of nervous Hollywood types settling in for a long night of speeches.
Best: Steve Martin and Chris Rock’s Ex-Hosts Club: Martin and Rock have hosted the Oscars five times between them, so they know the task is often thankless, with diminishing rewards as the night wears on.
WTF: Eminem Shows Up 18 Years Too Late: In a ceremony that certainly did not want for white men, a white male rapper made a surprise appearance to perform his hit song — from nearly 18 years ago.
Best: Brad Pitt Finally Takes Home the Trophy: In his long career, Brad Pitt has been nominated in acting categories only three times before.
Worst: Greta Gerwig Is Doubly-Snubbed: Of many shoulda-beens, the name highest on most Oscars snub lists this year was Greta Gerwig, whose near-flawless adaptation of Little Women.
WTF: Piling on the Elsas for That ‘Frozen II’ Song: You know Broadway veteran Idina Menzel is going to deliver when she takes the Academy stage, even if Frozen II’s Best Song nominee.
Best: Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves Take Us Back to Rom-Com Heaven: As always, Diane Keaton walks that fine line between not quite knowing the protocol and not giving a shit about it. Keaton and Keanu Reeves.
Best: Laura Dern Wins One for the Whole Family: Laura Dern has been killing it for a long time, but it’s been especially fun to see her bring increasingly electric and complex characters to life so deep into her career.
Worst: Renée Zellweger Gives a Speech From Another Planet: Accepting her award for Best Actress for Judy, Zellweger worked it like a pro at first, acknowledging her fellow nominees before the necessary.
Best: ‘Joker’ Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Beats Out Four Lions of the Craft: The superhero banter among presenters Gal Gadot, Sigourney Weaver, and Brie Larson nicely underscored (ahem) Hildur Gudnadottir’s historic win.