Before the show even aired, new categories were introduced and axed; hosts were in and out; awards were pushed to the commercials and brought back; music acts that weren't nominated were booked, and musics acts that were, suddenly weren't.
But after all that, we have to admit, it went pretty damn smoothly.
The show kicked off with two historic wins, as both Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler made history for becoming the first black women to win in their categories -- Costume Design and Production Design, respectively -- for "Black Panther." Other notable wins through the night included Spike Lee's first ever, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" picking up Animated Feature and a Best Actress shocker (more on that below). Best Picture went to "Green Book," another surprise -- see the full list of winners here!.
An Opening Fit for a Queen
The show began with one killer performance from Queen, featuring Adam Lambert on vocals. With "Bohemian Rhapsody" up for a ton of awards tonight, it was a fitting way to kick off the show, even if no songs from the film are nominated ... since they haven't been original for years.
Everyone in the audience seemed to enjoy it, as the group rocked through both "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."
The Women Who Should Have Hosted
After the performance, a trio of hilarious women hit the stage proving they probably should have just hosted the entire night.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph didn't give an official opening monologue, but that's basically what they did before presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress.
"We're not your hosts, but we're going to stand here a little too long so that the people who get USA Today tomorrow will think that we hosted," joked Fey.
"There is no host tonight, there won't be a Popular Movie Category and Mexico is not paying for the wall," added Rudolph, before Poehler joked, "And we won't be doing awards during the commercials, but we will be presenting commercials during the awards."
They then did their impressions of some of this year's biggest names, before handing out the trophy to Regina King, who won for "If Beale Street Could Talk."
Two Stars Are Born
In what may end up being one of the most electric moments of the entire evening, Bradley Cooper joined Lady Gaga onstage for a stripped down performance of "Shallow," their nominated song from "A Star Is Born."
They both sat by a piano as they sang, Gaga playing the keys as they looked into each other's eyes the entire time. It was sweet, emotional and sounded pitch perfect and the two got a well-deserved standing ovation.
The song ended up winning big later that night, with Gaga tearfully accepting her first Oscar. Thanking Cooper, she said, "There is not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you, thank you for believing in us."
"If you are at home and you're sitting on your couch and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is this is hard work, I've worked hard for a long time and it's not about winning, but what it's about is not giving up," she continued. "If you have a dream, fight for it. It's not about how many times you get rejected or that you fall down or are beaten up, it's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going."
Costume Designs Come to Life
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry came out rocking a medley of this year's nominated costumes, from the regal looks of "The Favourite" and "Mary Queen of Scots" to the warrior garb of Wakanda.
Henry also rocked Mary Poppins trademark hat and coat, while both had rabbits -- a staple of "The Favourite" -- draped all over them.
The trophy went to Ruth E. Carter, who noted the honor was "a long time coming," for her incredible work in "Black Panther."
Hitting the podium to hand out the trophy for Best Foreign Language Film, presenter Javier Bardem kicked things off by taking a shot at President Donald Trump's border wall.
"There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity or talent," said Bardem, speaking in Spanish as subtitles were shown on screen. "In any region of any continent, there are always great stories that move us. And tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries."
The award went to Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma."
Wayne and Garth, Reunited
Who better to introduce "Bohemian Rhapsody" than two stars who have a lasting association with the Queen song of the same name: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
While the two "Wayne's World" stars did not come out dressed as Wayne and Garth, they made everyone in the crowd happy by pulling out some of their most infamous lines from the film -- including "We're not worthy" and "I think I'm gonna hurl!"
After over 30 years in the business, Spike Lee picked up his very first Academy Award on Sunday night, which seems like a totally insane sentence to be writing. Note: He does have an Honorary Award from 2016, but this one's the real deal.
Samuel L. Jackson was thrilled to present the director with the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay, which he won for "BlacKkKlansman." Accepting his award, Lee actually jumped up into the actor's arms. During his speech, he spoke about the history of racism and slavery in the United States. He ended it by urging viewers to "all mobilize, let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing!"
If you're wondering what he said that was bleeped at the top of his speech, here's some intel from the New York Times reporter inside the event:
Everyone is texting me asking what Spike Lee said that was bleeped... he began his speech by saying “Do not turn that motherfucking clock on!” And they sure didn't
Lee was also up for Best Picture and Best Director, but missed out on those.
Rami Malek Takes Home the Gold
Rami Malek won his first Oscar for transforming into Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the actor was clearly emotional when he hit the stage.
"My mom is here somewhere, I love you lady," he said, searching for his family in the crowd. "My dad didn't get to see me do any of this, but I think he's looking down on me right now. This is a monumental moment. I'm so appreciative to all of you."
He went on to talk about how important the film is for celebrating "a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself." Malek could clearly relate to Mercury's story, explaining, "I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I'm a first generation American and part of my story is being written right now and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you and everyone who believed in me."
He added that his win was a moment he'd "treasure" forever, before giving a shoutout to his costar and girlfriend Lucy Boynton. "You're the heart of this film," he said to her, "you are beyond immensely talented and you have captured my heart."
Best Actress Shocker
One of the best speeches of the night went to a very surprised Olivia Colman, who won Best Actress for her work in "The Favourite."
Going into the night, everyone thought Glenn Close would win big -- and it appears she may have even thought so too, dressing in all gold for the event -- but the honor instead went to Colman. "It's genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious, got an Oscar," said the actress as she collected her trophy. "Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be," she added, "I think you're amazing, I love you very much."
She kept the laughs coming, as she joked to her kids that "this is not gonna happen again" and got tongue tied when she spied fellow nominee Lady Gaga in the audience. It was certainly the quirkiest speech of the night and while we're sad for Glenn, yet again, it was a delightful win.