Backstage at the Oscars

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The lead up to this year’s Oscars may have been shrouded in controversy (Kevin Hart dropping out as host because of homophobic tweets and the Academy reversing their decision to hand out awards in commercial breaks), but the biggest night in movies still delivered some standout and historic moments. All eyes were on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper during their intimate performance of their Oscar winning song Shallow, Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter made history becoming the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories (Production Design & Costume Design for Black Panther), Mahershala Ali is now the first African-American actor to have won two Best Supporting Actor trophies, and Billy Porter turned heads when he stepped onto the red carpet in a tuxedo gown.

There were also plenty of moments that happened backstage that you didn’t see on TV.

After winning for Best Original Song Lady Gaga got emotional with her co-writers Mark Ronson and Anthony Rossomando.

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Best Supporting Actress winner Regina King couldn’t contain her excitement posing in the Oscars backstage portrait studio.

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Rami Malek also hit the portrait studio after taking home the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

J.Lo (who looked like a stunning human disco ball in Tom Ford) checked herself out in the mirror before heading to the stage.

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When it came to Julia’s bump-in with Paul Rudd, the hashtag says it all…

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Former Game of Thrones co-stars Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke shared a sweet squeeze!

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah caught this candid moment of Spike Lee preparing some notes in case he had to accept an award. Spike ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BlacKkKlansman.

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Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina couldn’t believe they presented at the Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson was left pretty much speechless while meeting Bette Midler for the first time.

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And Melissa McCarthy spoofed the bunny loving Queen from the nominated film The Favourite, and really got into character.