Janelle Monae kicks off the Academy Awards with Billy Porter

Janelle Monae suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction as she kicks off the Oscars with a Mr. Rogers tribute

Janelle Monae kicked off the Oscars with a bang on Sunday, starting off the show with some song and dance, while also sending a strong message to the Academy.

The singer/actress joined forces with the one and only Billy Porter while offering the audience a musical homage to the year’s best films.

During her performance Monae, 34, boldly called out Oscar voters for snubbing female directors during this year’s awards.

But things started on a rocky note, with the singer suffering a minor wardrobe mishap during a quick costume change.

Stage presence: Janelle Monae and Billy Porter opened the Academy Awards with some song and dance on Sunday

Whoops! Things started on a rocky note, with the singer suffering a minor wardrobe mishap during a quick costume change

Janelle started the awards show while walking into a homey set, then swapping her jacket for a red cardigan before going into her own version of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. 

Though she struggled a bit during her outfit swap, first getting stuck in her jacket before her blouse popped a button, things seemed to smooth out as the song went on.

She walked into the crowd to serenade Tom Hanks himself, handing the actor her hat, as she wrapped up the theme to Mr. Rogers.

Then Janelle sailed into her own original tune, an Oscar-inspired version of her track Come Alive (The War Of The Roses) where she was joined by Billy Porter.

Onstage, the actress was joined by costumed dancers representing some of the year’s favorite films. There were outfits evoking Hustlers, Midsommar, Us, Joker, JoJo Rabbit, My Name Is Dolemite and more. 

Fix it: Though she struggled a bit during her outfit swap, first getting stuck in her jacket before her blouse popped a button, things seemed to smooth out as the song went on

Mr. Rogers ode: The singer/actress, 34, started the awards show while walking into a homey set, then swapping her jacket for a red cardigan before going into her own version of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Crowdpleaser: Janelle proved she was a powerhouse as she serenaded the crowd

Double trouble: Janelle sailed into her own original tune, an Oscar-inspired version of her track Come Alive (The War Of The Roses) where she was joined by Billy Porter

All smiles: The star smiled as she got behind a breathtaking piano

All that jazz: The actress was joined by costumed dancers representing some of the year’s favorite films. There were outfits evoking Hustlers, Midsommar, Us, Joker, JoJo Rabbit, and more

Janelle even topped off her own look with a May Queen crown à la Midsommer, before going all in with a wild garden of a top.

The Harriet actress wasn’t afraid to get critical in her song, calling out the absence of female nominees in the Best Director category. 

‘We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films,’ Janelle said. 

She also wished the audience a happy Black History Month, saying ‘I’m so proud to stand here as a black, queen, artist telling stories.’

Flower power: Janelle even topped off her own look with a May Queen crown à la Midsommer, before going all in with a wild garden of a top

Speaking out: The Harriet actress wasn’t afraid to get critical in her song, calling out the absence of female nominees in the Best Director category

Glittering: Before taking the stage, Janelle graced the red carpet in a dazzling hooded Ralph Lauren dress scattered with over 168k Swarovski crystals

Before taking the stage, Janelle graced the red carpet in a dazzling hooded Ralph Lauren dress scattered with over 168k Swarovski crystals.

Hollywood’s awards season reaches its climax tonight, with a cliffhanger over the top prize after a season marked by dark horses, renewed anguish over diversity, and a South Korean underdog that could snatch victory from the biggest names in show business.

While dark comic book movie Joker goes into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations, it’s the immersive World War One movie 1917 that has emerged as the film to beat in the best picture race after winning a slew of accolades in the last five weeks.

Front runner: dark comic book movie Joker goes into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations

In the running: Sentimental favorite Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is also jostling for attention from the 8,000 voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Yet a win for 1917 is far from a foregone conclusion, with South Korean social satire Parasite and sentimental favorite Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from Quentin Tarantino also jostling for attention from the 8,000 voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Korean-language film Parasite seems certain to take the renamed best international feature Oscar and would make history if the black comedy about haves and have-nots in modern Seoul also takes home the best picture statuette.

Martin Scorsese’s mob saga The Irishman seems to have lost momentum despite lavish early praise and a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. But it has failed to take home major acting or directing awards this season, likely dashing Netflix’s best hope so far of picking up its first best picture Oscar. 

92nd Annual Academy Awards: Winners

BEST PICTURE 

The Irishman

Ford vs Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Parasite

 

BEST ACTRESS 

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy

 

BEST ACTOR 

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory 

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes  

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story – WINNER

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – WINNER

 

BEST DIRECTOR  

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER

Sam Mendes – 1917

Todd Phillips – Joker

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women – WINNER

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

The Irishman   

 

BEST SOUND MIXING 

1917 – WINNER

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

Ford V Ferrari – Donald Sylvester

Joker – Alan Robert Murray

1917 – Oliver Tarrney and Rachel Tate – WINNER

One Upon as Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Matthew Wood and David Acord

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

Joker – WINNER

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman – WINNER

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

Into the Unknown – Frozen II

Stand Up – Harriet

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4  – WINNER

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love – WINNER

Kitbull

Memorable Sister

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbor’s Window – WINNER

Saria

A Sister

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

American Factory – WINNER

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland   

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha    

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 – WINNER

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han – WINNER

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi – WINNER

Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

  

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE 

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Les Miserables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)  – WINNER

 

BEST  PRODUCTION DESIGN

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – WINNER

Parasite          

 

BEST FILM  EDITING 

Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker – WINNER

The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles

Joker – Jeff Groth

Parasite – Jinmo Yang  

  

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY  

1917 – Roger Deakins – WINNER

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson          

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING 

Bombshell –  WINNER

Joker

Judy

1917

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  

 

 

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