Oscars speeches weren't played off this year. It meant Daniel Kaluuya got to shock his mom.
The large orchestra that normally cues Academy Award winners as to when it's time to wrap up their acceptance speeches (in the past, a mere 90 seconds was allotted) was not in play Sunday night at Los Angeles' Union Station, allowing winners an unlimited amount of airtime to express their gratitude.
The unrestrained speeches allowed for heartfelt and sobering moments that made us cry and downright funny asides that made us laugh out loud (we're looking at you, Daniel Kaluuya).
Here's why it worked.
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Daniel Kaluuya shocked his mom
Kaluuya, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Fred Hampton in "Judas and the Black Messiah," appeared to run out of things to say after thanking the usual suspects and urging Hollywood to continue honoring Hampton's work.
"Celebrate life, man. We are breathing, we are walking, it's incredible," Kaluuya said. "My mum and my dad, they had sex. It's amazing that I'm here! So I'm going to celebrate that tonight."
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Kaluuya's mother Damalie was in the crowd, and cameras quickly captured her shocked reaction live. As Kaluuya's sister covered her face, his mother seemingly mouthed, "What is he talking about?"
It was a meme-able moment.
The actor may have won an Oscar statuette, but he still has to answer to his mother. And Kaluuya knows it. Backstage, the actor said he doesn't "think my mom’s gonna be very happy."
"Is that gonna live on? … It just came out of my mouth," he said. "My mom’s probably gonna text me some stuff, but well, here we are, you know. I really shouldn’t have said that."
He added that he's "gonna avoid my phone for a bit."
Although Kaluuya may have stuck his foot in his mouth, the moment made for great TV.
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Yuh-Jung Youn finally met Brad Pitt
Youn took home the best supporting actress award for her role as Soon-ja in "Minari," becoming the first Korean woman to ever win the category. And despite Pitt, a producer on the film, mispronouncing her name, it didn’t hinder Youn's excitement of meeting the heartthrob.
"Mr. Brad Pitt – finally! Nice to meet you. Where were you while we were filming?" Youn said, lightly ribbing the star before schooling him (and the room) on her name's pronunciation. "As you know I am from Korea and actually my name is Yuh-Jung Youn… but tonight you are all forgiven."
After taking a moment to "pull myself together," the 73-year-old actress proceeded to give "the speech (winners) usually say," thanking the Academy, her cast members and director.
That’s when things went off script in the most hilarious way. Youn threw the whole competition out the window, dubbing all the nominees "winners."
"See, I don’t believe in competition. Like how can I (beat) Glenn Close? I’ve been watching so many performances (of hers)," she said in disbelief. "So all the nominees…We played different roles so we can not compete with each other. Tonight I’m here just because… I’m luckier than you," she said, to laughter.
She also thanked her "beloved" sons "who make me go out and work," adding that her historic Oscar win is because "Mommy worked so hard."
Director Thomas Vinterberg memorialized his daughter
Vinterberg accepted the best international feature film award for Denmark's "Another Round." After thanking his cast, crew and family, Vinterberg explained that he "wanted to make a film that celebrates life" after tragically losing his 19-year-old daughter, Ida, in a car accident just four days into shooting.
"She was supposed to be in this (film)," Vinterberg said while fighting back tears. "We ended up making this movie for her as her monument. So Ida, this is a miracle that just happened and you're apart of this miracle. Maybe you've been pulling some strings somewhere, but this one is for you."
The uninterrupted platform offered space for Vinterberg to publicly grieve his daughter in an emotional, intimate speech that tugged on viewers' heartstrings and added depth to his piece of work. Imagine an orchestra band trying to interrupt that.