The 91st annual Academy Awards proved that no host was needed at the helm to make it a politically charged ceremony, as plenty of Hollywood’s A-listers spoke out on hot-button issues while taking to the Oscars stage on Sunday.
Without mentioning President Trump by name, presenters and award recipients touched on everything from immigration to the 2020 White House race at the show, which was host-less for the first time in three decades.
Here are the six most memorable political moments during this year’s Oscars ceremony:
Rami Malek was one of several performers to laud immigrants during his remarks at the Oscars.
While accepting an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Queen singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Malek said, “We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself.”
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt,” Malek, 37, continued.
“I’m a first-generation American,” said Malek. “Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you.”
Rep. John Lewis gets standing ovation
The audience rose to its feet as Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) took to the stage to introduce Best Picture nominee, “Green Book.”
"I can bear witness that the portrait of that time and place in our history is very real. It is seared in my memory,” Lewis, a famed civil rights leader, said in remarks about the film, which depicts African-American jazz pianist Don Shirley as he travels the South in the early 1960s with a white driver.
"Our nation bears the scars of that time, as do I,” Lewis — who in 2016 had criticized the Academy for failing to nominate any black actors in the four major acting categories for the second year in a row — said to applause.
“Green Book” ultimately took home the biggest prize of the night, winning in the Best Picture category.
Spike Lee picks up first Oscar, looks to 2020
The acclaimed director celebrated the first Oscar win of his decades-long career (although he received an honorary Academy Award in 2016) with an enlivened speech touching on slavery and the 2020 presidential election.
“Four hundred years [ago], our ancestors were stolen from all over Africa and brought to Jamestown, Va., enslaved,” Lee said as he accepted the Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for his film, “BlacKkKlansman.”
“Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who helped build this country,” Lee said.
The frequent critic of President Trump also encouraged Americans to “mobilize” ahead of the next White House race.
“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize,” Lee said to cheers. “Let’s all be in the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”
Stars knock the ‘wall’
It took less than a minute into the Oscars telecast for Maya Rudolph to ding Trump’s proposed wall on the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
“Just a quick update for everybody in case you’re confused,” the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member said as one of the first presenters at the start of the awards show.
“There is no host tonight,” Rudolph quipped. “There won’t be a popular movie category. And Mexico is not paying for the wall."
It wasn’t the only mention of a wall during the more than three-hour long broadcast. Spanish actor Javier Bardem appeared to push back on Trump’s immigration rhetoric.
“There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” Bardem said in Spanish while introducing the Best Foreign Language Film category.
RBG gets tribute
It’s not every year that a Supreme Court justice gets recognized during Hollywood’s biggest night.
At Sunday’s show, Jennifer Hudson belted out an ode to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, singing the Best Original Song nominee, “I’ll Fight” from the biopic, “RBG.”
When introducing the Diane Warren-written tune, “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke praised 85-year-old Ginsburg as “a woman who has spent her career at the forefront of the fight against gender discrimination.”
Clarke, whose “Khaleesi” character Daenerys Targaryen is known as the “Mother of Dragons” on the HBO series, said, “Justice Ginsburg, if you’d ever like to borrow the dragons, ring me.”
The celebrity chef paid tribute to the “invisible people in our lives” while introducing Best Picture nominee “Roma.”
The philanthropist and Trump critic — who gained national attention for his disaster relief efforts — said that “Roma” gives “a voice to the voiceless.”
As the audience applauded, the Spanish-born restauranteur said the movie “reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives — immigrants and women — who move humanity forward.”