Who knew a hostless Oscars might turn out to be a good idea? Sunday’s ceremony, with its diverse winners’ list, made for a lively show, even if there were several head-scratchers. Here are the highs and lows as we saw them.

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We’re a long way from #OscarsSoWhite. On Sunday, the academy fielded an immensely diverse slate of winners. Three of the four acting winners were people of color: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”). Several filmmaker winners were, too: Alfonso Cuarón (best director and cinematography, for “Roma”) led a list that included winners for documentary feature, animated feature and animated short. The first African-American women to win best costume and production design, Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler of “Black Panther,” made headlines. And of course there was the first competitive Oscar, best adapted screenplay, for Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”). The gender diversity in the tech categories was notable too. — SOPAN DEB

With Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Oscars seemed to be furiously overcompensating for its lack of a steward to lead the night. Here we had not one, not two, but three of Hollywood’s most beloved mascots, breezily cosplaying as hosts, reeling through the jokes they might have made had they agreed to the gig. It was the perfect opener to this CliffsNotes version of the traditional Oscars slog. Oscar hosts don’t get much respect. At best, they serve up some questionable choices for us to pick apart from our couches. But these women showed us what we were missing. When they exited the stage, they left a void. — AMANDA HESS



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