Breakfast Briefing: 2019 Oscars recap

Plus: The #corntroversy continues; and several health and fitness apps stop sharing personal data with Facebook.

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Didn’t watch Sunday night’s Academy Awards? Here were the big winners: Green Book for Best Picture, Olivia Colman for Best Actress, and Rami Malek for Best Actor (The Verge). The top Oscars 2019 memesLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s chemistry, a Wayne’s World reunion, Billy Porter’s tux-dress, Emma Stone’s waffle dress, and wait – did the stage remind anyone else of Donald Trump’s hair? Additionally, viewers on social media praised the show’s host-less format.

The show was light on PR stunts this year. One unexpected brand mention came from Green Book director Peter Farrelly, who gave a shout-out to watch brand Shinola. "They're saving Detroit," Farrelly said, as he pointed at his wrist while accepting the award for Best Original Screenplay. Some Twitter users were puzzled. The CIA also confused the social media world with a Twitter thread about Black Panther

#OscarsSoWhite? Not anymore. The night was marked by inclusiveness and firsts. But April Reign, who created the viral hashtag during the 2015 awards season, told Variety there’s still more work to be done. "Until we all have an opportunity to see ourselves represented on screen, not just during awards season but all year long, I'll still continue to talk about #OscarsSoWhite," said Reign.

The #corntroversy continues. Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad may derail an industrywide campaign to revive beer sales. Anheuser-Busch InBev, Molson Coors, Heineken, and Constellation Brands have been discussing the potential multimillion dollar, brand-agnostic campaign for over a year, according to the The Wall Street Journal. Molson’s U.S. unit MillerCoors reportedly pulled out of a meeting slated for next month and said the initiative should be paused following its public spat with Bud Light maker AB InBev.

Several health apps have stopped sharing personal data with Facebook, including Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, Azumio Inc.’s Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, and food- and exercise-logging app, Lose It!, from FitNow Inc. The changes came after a WSJ report that said many apps were transmitting detailed information about topics including their users’ weight and menstrual cycles.

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