The 91st Academy Awards were filled with historic firsts and emotional moments, from Black Panther‘s Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler becoming the first black women to win in their respective categories (Costume Design and Production Design) to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s stirring performance of their award-winning song “Shallow.”
After the event, the biggest names in Hollywood celebrated at “The Party,” entertainment mogul Guy Oseary and Madonna’s famed after-party, where there is a strict ban on social media posts.
TIME partnered at the event with the artist and photographer JR—a 2018 TIME 100 honoree—for an exclusive look at last night’s winners and partygoers.
JR, who says he nearly got thrown out of the party for taking an illicit photo of Michael Jordan and Pharrell the first time he attended, has set up a photo studio at the gathering to take portraits of guests since 2017.
“Cinema has always had a huge influence on me,” JR said. “Last year I was nominated for an Academy Award, and I still spent most of that night creating new images at the very party I was almost kicked out of.
As the sole photographer at the party, JR’s portraits provide a special look at guests like Academy Award winner Lady Gaga, who posed with Madonna and separately, with her fellow winner Mark Ronson, on Hollywood’s biggest night. Other attendees included Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Ibeyi and Swae Lee.
Even 22 years after the recordings for Madonna's Ray Of Light album, there are still demo tracks surfacing. A few months ago, we heard a short snippet of You'll Stay, a track recorded by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. Today, the full track has been uploaded by the Youtube channel Madonna R&D. The song is a variation of another demo track from that era: Like A Flower.
You can read the lyrics for You'll Stay here.
Could there be a collaboration in the works between Maluma and Madonna?
The 25-year-old "Felices Los 4" crooner took to Instagram on Saturday to share a photo of himself with the only and only Queen of Pop. In the snap, Maluma wears a cream sweater as he sits next to the "Like a Virgin" singer, who's all dolled up in a floral printed shirt and wearing a black hat. The two appear to be in a recording studio.
"Ms. Crazy & Mr. Safe 🖤," the Colombian singer wrote alongside his photo. Madonna also left a comment, writing, "Me Gusta," which translates to "I like it."
Madonna also shared two photos of her and Maluma in the studio, writing, "Cooking up some Fuego over here!...............🔥🔥🔥! @maluma."
Just a couple days ago, an soundless Instagram Story video was posted in which Madonna is in the recording booth, tracking her vocals. Maluma, in his beige sweater, is seen jamming along and smiling.
Madonna is gearing up for what will be a competitive night for Oscars afterparties this year.
Sources told Page Six that the Material Girl was spotted at spin mecca Cycle House in West Hollywood, Calif., this week. “For the third year in a row, she had celebrity trainer and Cycle House partner Nichelle Hines do a special-edition class,” said a fit spy of the “Like a Virgin” singer.
“The class was full — as she likes to work out in a full room and not get special treatment,” added the source. “There were lots of hip-hop and dance tracks.”
We hear Madge wore a shirt that read “Phenomenal Woman,” along with “baggy sweats,” “her hair in two braided pigtails” and “a hat.”
“She had a blast, and was energized all ride.”
Madonna will throw her 12th annual A-list Oscars bash with manager Guy Oseary at his home after the awards Sunday.
But on the same night, Jay-Z and Beyoncé will host their second Gold Party, which we’re told will return to Chateau Marmont’s garage, with Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm in charge of the menu. Adding to the jammed after-Oscars events calendar will be the venerable Vanity Fair party, plus fêtes by Fox, Netflix and Warner Bros.
Madonna is set to become the second ever person to be honoured with the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards.
The multi-award-winning singer has been supporting the LGBT+ community since she first appeared on the scene and has performed at Aids benefit concerts and spoke out and called for action during the Aids epidemic when it was “often invisible in the media”.
She is also an outspoken advocate for the LGBT+ community in Romani, Malawi and Russia as well as other countries where LGBT+ people are persecuted.
Now, at the 2019 GLAAD Awards – which will be held in New York on May 4 – the singer will receive the coveted Advocate for Change Award which has only been bestowed on one other person, the former president Bill Clinton back in 2013.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: “Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally and it is only fitting to honour and celebrate our biggest advocate at GLAAD’s biggest event ever.
“From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted.
“Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds.”
It looks like Madonna will perform two songs at the Eurovision Song Contest being hosted in Tel Aviv in May, courtesy of philanthropist Sylvan Adams.
The cost will be about $1.5 million, according to Ynet.
“I can only say with much happiness that there is a green light from the philanthropist,” producer Dani Ben Naim told Army Radio on Sunday morning.
“Adams just wants to help the State of Israel with its foreign relations and we’ll sit with Madonna’s people to work on things, which all look good, and move it forward.”
Canadian-Israeli billionaire Adams has lived in Israel since 2012, and has funded several major projects, including the Giro d’Italia Big Start bike race that took place in the Jerusalem area last year.
He also recently donated $5 million to SpaceIL, the non-profit organization that is behind the initiative to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
Madonna last performed in Israel during the summer of 2012.↑ Back to top of page