Charlotte Flach
Feb 27, 2019

5 lessons from... the Oscars

It's not all ballgowns and blubbering. The Oscars had a few lessons for event planners who want to make a big impression.

Best Actress recipient Olivia Colman charmed audiences with her rambling and emotional speech
Best Actress recipient Olivia Colman charmed audiences with her rambling and emotional speech

Health and safety first

Things went rapidly south for Best Actor recipient Rami Malek after collecting his award. The Bohemian Rhapsody actor took a tumble while exiting stage right and had to be treated by paramedics. We all know it’s boring, but health and safety is paramount, so take all the precautions you can to make sure delegates don’t suffer a mishap.

Inclusion is key

In previous years, the Oscars has made headlines for all the wrong reasons with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag calling out a lack of diversity in the nominees and winners. This year’s list of Oscar nominees represented one of the most diverse in Academy history, with people of colour winning in at least 10 categories. Diversity and inclusivity in events shouldn’t be an afterthought. 

Host with the most?

The Oscars this year proved that hosts are so 2018. Initially Kevin Hart stepped up to the plate, but was hit with a backlash for homophobic jokes in his past. After no one else stepped forward to fill Hart’s shoes, organisers decided to roll with the punches and run only the second ceremony in 91 years without a host. Your event will probably need a chairperson or keynote speaker however, so here’s what you can do if your speaker is a no show on the day.

On-point entertainment

Hearts fluttered and collective breath was held when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed a steamy rendition of ‘Shallow’ from A Star is Born. Even though the two are just friends, their undeniable chemistry made for a great show. Getting the entertainment right at your event can be the difference between a hit or a flop. 


Olivia Colman’s rambling and emotional speech for her Best Actress gong was a hit with both Oscar attendees and TV audiences. Her authenticity and passion shone through, and created instant empathy in people watching. Even though bells and whistles such as tech and fancy branding can be important, Colman’s authentic approach showed that ultimately people identify with the human elements of an event. 


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