The Oscars ceremony is one of the most important nights of the year in Hollywood, celebrating the best films of the previous 12 months. Naturally, the industry’s biggest stars can usually be found in attendance at the show. Chris Evans was among them in 2019, and while he wasn’t nominated, he did nonetheless make the most of his evening.
Born in June 1981, Evans grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, alongside his parents and three siblings. The future star’s dad plied his trade as a dentist, while his mother had a job at a youth theater. It was thanks to his older sister, however, that Evans started to develop a real interest in acting.
Indeed, Carly Evans began to act during that period, inspiring her younger brother to follow in her footsteps. From there, Evans started to perform in plays at his school, with the future actor honing his skills over the next few years. By the time he reached high school, he was also appearing in community theater productions.
The dramatic arts featured ever more strongly in Evans’ life ahead of his final year at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. That summer, the Massachusetts native bagged an internship at a casting agency based in New York City. Alongside that, he earned a place at a renowned acting school, the Lee Strasberg Institute.
During his first stint in the Big Apple, Evans networked efficiently. With his time at high school coming to an end, the young actor was keen to get back to New York. Driven by this ambition, the future Hollywood star quickly completed his studies, graduating much earlier than his fellow classmates.
Sometime after that, Evans made his on-screen debut in 2000 as he was cast in the television mini-series Opposite Sex. Taking on the character of Cary Baston, the young actor featured in all eight episodes of the show’s run. From there, he then bagged another TV role later that year.
Indeed, Evans was cast in The Fugitive, a remake of the classic television show from the 1960s. He featured in just one episode of the program, before making his big-screen debut soon after. The Massachusetts native earned a role in the family drama The Newcomers, appearing alongside the likes of Paul Dano and Kate Bosworth.
The following year, Evans returned to the small-screen in the TV show Boston Public, featuring in a single episode. However, his career then took an exciting turn as he scored one of the leading roles in 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie. While the film was panned by critics, it was the first time he was able to showcase his talents on the big stage.
Evans followed that up with a role in the 2002 television movie Eastwick, before appearing in a short film titled The Paper Boy some 12 months later. From there, the actor also featured in the pilot episode of Skin, a TV mini-series released in 2003. After that, his big-screen career really started to take off.
Evans was cast as one of the leads in the 2004 comedy The Perfect Score, starring alongside his future Marvel film colleague Scarlett Johansson. That same year he also earned a big role in Cellular, which featured the likes of Jason Statham and Kim Basinger. His rise didn’t end there, though.
In 2005, Evans scored a role in the film Fierce People, joining a cast that included Donald Sutherland, Kristen Stewart and Diane Lane. However, the actor’s next big-screen appearance marked his first venture into comic-book movies. Indeed, he bagged the part of Johnny Storm in Tim Story’s Fantastic Four.
While the film received a lukewarm critical reception, Evans was one of the highlights, showcasing some real charisma as the Human Torch. Off the back of that, the Massachusetts native went on to enjoy an incredibly busy 2007, as he was cast in a number of different projects. The first of those to hit theaters was the animated movie TMNT.
After that, Evans reprised the role of Johnny Storm in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Later that summer, he then starred in Danny Boyle’s sci-fi thriller Sunshine. The actor was part of a solid cast in that movie, which included the likes of Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Mark Strong.
From there, Evans scored a role in the romantic comedy The Nanny Diaries, working with Johansson once again. At that point, his next film appearance didn’t come until 2008 as he joined the cast of Street Kings. Following some other projects, the Hollywood star then returned to comic-book movies in 2010.
Indeed, Evans was cast in The Losers that year, a film based upon a short-running comic-book series. After that, he earned a supporting role in Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, taking on the character of Lucas Lee. However, his life changed forever some 12 months later.
Evans joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in 2011 after being cast as Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America. He made his debut in Captain America: The First Avenger later that summer, perfectly capturing the character’s defining traits. In 2012, though, things got even better for comic-book fans as The Avengers was released.
In that movie, all of the main MCU characters were brought together in spectacular fashion thanks to director Joss Whedon. A box-office smash, The Avengers eventually earned over $1.5 billion worldwide, catapulting its stars to new heights. Off the back of that massive success, Evans then reprised the role of Captain America in 2013.
It may have been only a cameo, but Evans made a memorable appearance in Thor: The Dark World that year, ahead of the Captain America sequel in 2014. Since The Winter Soldier’s release, he’s appeared in six more Marvel movies, cementing the character’s popularity. However, his most significant outing came in 2018.
Evans formed part of a massive cast in Avengers: Infinity War, a hugely ambitious sequel that brought together a significant number of MCU characters. The film was a huge success at the box-office, earning over $2 billion worldwide. Following his appearance in that movie, the actor was next thrust into the public spotlight at the 2019 Oscars ceremony.
While Evans himself wasn’t nominated for an award, he was set to present one of the gongs later in the evening. And the actor went on to enjoy a memorable night at the show for a variety of reasons. It all started when he first arrived on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater.
Clad in a velvet blue blazer and dark trousers, Evans stood out from the crowd outside the theater as he posed for photographs. Meanwhile, the MCU star was also joined by his younger sibling Scott on the red carpet. The pair were subsequently snapped with beaming smiles across their faces.
However, no-one could’ve predicted what happened next as the ceremony finally got under way. The show kicked off with the Best Supporting Actress category, presented by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph. After listing the nominees, the trio then announced Regina King as the winner for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Sat in the front row with her mother, King was clearly overcome with emotion after the big announcement. As the pair embraced, the audience rose to give the actress a standing ovation. While she adjusted her white dress, Evans then appeared to her right, offering her an arm to lean on.
King gladly accepted Evans’ kind gesture, before the latter escorted her up the steps to the stage. That brief moment quickly went viral on social media, with online users hailing the actor’s actions. “A classy guy being there for a classy woman and magnificent, Oscar-winning actor,” wrote one Twitter user. “How great is that?!”
Meanwhile, there were a number of other people who couldn’t help but bring up Evans’ MCU persona following his act of chivalry. “Chris Evans helping Regina King up the steps to accept her Oscar was a lovely moment,” wrote a Twitter user. “He is Captain America for a reason.”
“Evans isn’t even acting when he portrays Captain America,” wrote another social media user on Twitter. “He’s just playing himself with slightly more superpowers.” That drew a quick-fire response from someone else, who replied, “Slightly less.” The online adulation didn’t end there, thanks to a moment captured during King’s acceptance speech.
During King’s emotional speech, the camera cut to a shot of her mother in the front row with tears in her eyes. At that point, Evans was captured glancing over at the proud parent. He had a warm smile on his face, which was picked up on social media quite quickly.
“Get you a man that looks at you the way Chris Evans looks at Regina King’s mom,” wrote one Twitter user. “He was just soaking-in that ambience!” responded another. However, Evans’ night at the Oscars had barely begun, as he still had an award to present later in the show.
Following the Best Costume Design award, Evans was up next to present the Best Production Design gong alongside Jennifer Lopez. Prior to taking to the stage, the pair were captured together behind the curtain, enjoying a laugh and a joke. Before long, that went viral as well across social media.
“How are they even real?” wrote one Twitter user, who also included a quick clip of Evans and Lopez backstage in their tweet. “How is this pairing of Jennifer Lopez and Chris Evans even allowed?” Another user agreed with that sentiment, replying, “I’m literally so mesmerized. I can’t look away from this loop!”
Elsewhere, a fellow social media user made a request after seeing Evans and Lopez on stage. “I need a Jennifer Lopez/Chris Evans rom-com ASAP,” they wrote on Twitter. “I NEED Chris Evans in everything, even a Turner and Hooch reboot with his dog Dodger,” another user wrote in response.
Evans and Lopez eventually took to the stage, reading out the nominees for the Best Production Design award. Marvel’s Black Panther was one of the films up for the prize, after just picking up the previous gong for Best Costume Design. As the presenters opened the envelope to reveal the winner, something else happened.
Evans appeared to catch a glimpse of the winner before Lopez made the announcement, which drew a quick fist pump out of the actor. A few seconds later, she confirmed that Black Panther had won. Unsurprisingly, the Hollywood star’s reaction went viral, adding to the highlights he created across the show.
“[Evans is] winning hearts today,” wrote one social media user on Twitter. “He’s always been my favorite but now I’m just in love.” Meanwhile, those sentiments were echoed by another online user, who wrote, “Chris Evans fist pumping when Black Panther won another Oscar is a BIG MOOD!”
In addition, a Twitter user felt the need to speak about the MCU’s success at the show at that point, hailing Black Panther’s wins. “Marvel Studios had zero Oscars till a few minutes ago and now they have two back-to-back,” they wrote on the social media website. “Loved Chris Evans’ tiny fist pump when this one was announced.”
After handing out the Oscar, Evans returned to his seat in the front row to watch the rest of the ceremony. However, in one last memorable moment, Captain America was snapped sharing a warm handshake with Bradley Cooper, another MCU alumnus (he voices Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy). Cooper himself had been nominated for his work on A Star Is Born.
Evans has a busy period ahead of him in 2019, with the highly-anticipated Avengers: Endgame coming out in April. Unfortunately for his legions of fans, though, this could well be his final appearance as Captain America in the MCU. Prior to the previous film’s release, the actor spoke about his contract situation at Marvel.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done,” Evans told U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph in June 2017. “But they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in, and couldn’t get them all into one movie.”
“[I agreed] because it made sense,” Evans added. “It’s going to wrap everything up.” A few months later, the Hollywood star reiterated those words in another interview, suggesting that he will be hanging up the shield in 2019. However, there could be a few more actors joining him on that front.
“A lot of our contracts are through,” Evans told breakfast TV show Good Morning America in April 2018. “Myself, [Robert] Downey Jr., [Chris] Hemsworth, we all started roughly at the same time, and I think we all through Avengers [Endgame] kind of wrap it up. I don’t know what’s next – but by 2019, that’s it.”