The 91st Academy Awards was concluded in Los Angeles on Sunday night (India’s Monday morning) with some monumental wins. The Oscars have been mired in controversy this year, from the lack of a host after Kevin Hart withdrew over homophobic tweets to a reversed decision to present four awards in commercial breaks.
Here’s how the hostless Oscars started off:
It all started with an opening performance from the Queen with lead singer Adam Lambert.
Regina King took home the first award – Best Supporting Actress for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director for Roma, which also won Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography. It is the fourth Oscar for Cuarón and his second win this year. Cuarón offers a semi-autobiographical tribute to the women who raised him, by focusing on the family maid amid a period of unrest, both within the family and society at large, in Mexico in the 1970s. The film, which was shot in black and white, is Netflix’s first best picture win.
Green Book grabbed the Best Picture award, and Best Original Screenplay, and also the Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali
Olivia Colman won Best Actress for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating Glenn Close. “It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar,” Colman said, making the audience laugh as well.
Rami Malek won Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which also won sound and editing awards. accepting his award, Rami said, “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life,” said Malek.
Crowd favourite Black Panther won Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Shallow from A Star Is Born won Best Original Song, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing it live. Gaga thanked her family and her co-star Bradley Cooper, who performed the duet with her for the film. She said of him, “There’s not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us.”
The Guneet Monga-produced Period. End Of Sentence, set in India, won Best Documentary Short. “Oh, my God. I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” said director Rayka Zehtabchi, after accepting the award.
Roma and The Favourite, both competing for Best Picture and other major Oscars, had 10 nominations each.
The recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars are actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Schifrin and publicist Marvin Levy while producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall receive the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best Picture: Green Book
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Foreign Film: Roma (Mexico)
Best Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Best Original Screenplay: Green Book
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Best Original Score: Black Panther
Best Original Song: Shallow from A Star Is Born
Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo
Best Documentary Short: Period. End Of Sentence
Best Live Action Short: Skin
Best Animated Short: Bao
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Best Production Design: Black Panther
Best Costume Design: Black Panther
Best Hair And Makeup: Vice
Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Visual Effects: First Man
Best Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
The hostless ceremony was also wrapped up pretty abruptly. Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts abruptly wrapped up the Oscars after the producers of Green Book accepted their Best Picture award.
“Well, apparently, that wraps up the 91st Academy Awards,” said Julia. “I would like to say congratulations to all the nominees and winners. And good night to Bradley Cooper’s mother and my children. And thank you for watching,” Roberts added.