Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).
Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in 1960s segregated America, which was crowned Best Picture, adding to Mahershala Ali’s Best Supporting Actor win and Best Original Screenplay for director Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Hayes Currie.
Cuaron was also triple winner, earning Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film, giving Mexico its first ever win in that category.
Period comedy/drama The Favourite, which tied Roma with 10 nominations heading into the show, was shut out in all but one category – an emotional Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress prize over her “idol” Glenn Close.
It was a night full of first-time Oscar winners – Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King picked up the Best Supporting Actress statuette, and Spike Lee claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for BlackKklansman.
Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter landed the title for Costume Design, making her the first black woman to win the accolade, while the superhero movie also made history with Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart’s triumph in Production Design, as Beachler is the first black person to lift the gold statuette.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga scooped Best Original Song for her A Star Is Born hit Shallow, sharing the prize with her fellow songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. She missed out on Best Actress to Colman.
The Los Angeles ceremony, which was without a host following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal over old homophobic tweets, was opened by British music legends Queen, with singer Adam Lambert as frontman. They got Hollywood’s biggest stars at the Dolby Theatre rocking from the very start with renditions of their classics We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, which are both featured in four-time Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody.
The full list of winners at the 91st Academy Awards is:
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Best Supporting Actress:
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Best Original Screenplay:
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlackKklansman
Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
Shallow, A Star is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt
Foreign Language Film:
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm
Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
Make-up and Hairstyling:
Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney
Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst, and Nina Hartstone
Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Animated Short Film:
Live-action Short Film:
Documentary Short Subject:
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