The 91st Annual Oscars: Results & Reaction

The 91st Annual Academy Awards have concluded in Hollywood; it was a night of diversity with a number of surprises along the way! Green Book was the big winner in the end picking up the coveted Best Picture prize.

Adam Lambert & Queen kicked off the show with a performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’, a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury which brought proceedings to a start. It was the first Oscars without a host for 20 years, the last time being 1989 which is widely considered to be one of the worst ceremonies in its 9-decade history. But those presenting the awards decided to use that to their advantage, perhaps non more so than Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry who took inspiration from The Favourite (sort of).

Regina King won the first gong of the night for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and as the night went on there were a number of surprises with ‘The Favourite’ not living up to how heavily tipped it had been. Black Panther won a number of awards starting Best Costume Design category, Ruth Carter took home the gong, marking the first time an African American has won in this category. Black Panther continued its winning ways later in the evening securing the Best Production Design and Best Original Score.

The Oscars wouldn’t be the Oscars without star studded performances and this year was no different with stars including Jennifer Hudson and Bette Midler taking to the stage. But the stand out performance was Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga who performed ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born, however both Cooper and Gaga missed out in their respective acting categories.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Sing ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born (2018)

Later in the night Mahershala Ali won in the Best Supporting Actor category, his second Academy Award. Ali first won in this category back in 2017, for his role in ‘Moonlight’, an LGBTQ film which also won Best Picture in the same year.

Meanwhile, as expected Rami Malek took away the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, beating nominees including Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale. Rami paid tribute to Freddie Mercury during his speech calling him “unapologetically himself”, and noting the struggle to be yourself in the face of adversity, which he has also experienced being a first generation American citizen who is half Egyptian. Bohemian Rhapsody picked up the most awards of the night, racking up four in total.

Rami Malek picks up the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of LGBTQ Icon Freddie Murcury in Bohemian Rhapsody

After a disappointing start of the night for ‘The Favourite’, which details a lesbian love triangle, the Best Actress category made up for it, with Olivia Coleman beating Glenn Close to the award. Many had thought Close was guaranteed to win in the category since it was her eighth Oscar nomination, but it seems Coleman’s performances of Queen Anne shone through and convinced the academy otherwise.

Roma, which was the first film produced by a streaming service (Netflix) to be nominated for Best Picture won Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film. Despite Roma being bookies favourite for Best Picture in the end competition from Green Book meant history was not made.

The ceremony wasn’t as political as it has been in recent years, Spike Lee’s speech was probably the most political as he picked up the Best Writing (adapted screenplay) award for BlacKkKlansmanm he encouraged people to mobilise and “be on the right side of history” with the 2020 Presidential Election taking place in the United States next year.

Here’s a list of all the categories and winners (highlighted in bold):

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book  

Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Favourite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
First Reformed – Paul Schrader
Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
Vice – Adam McKay

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“All the Stars” from Black Panther – Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, and Solana Rowe
“I’ll Fight” from RBG – Diane Warren
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

BEST SOUND EDITING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

BEST SOUND MIXING

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

BEST FILM EDITING

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

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