The entertainment industry’s biggest and glitziest night of the year, February 24, 2019, was the first Oscar ceremony in 30 years without a host. The evening concluded with the awards spread around; 15 movies in all earned the 24 awards.
Despite being the subject of a number of controversies, ‘Green Book’, won Best Picture in addition to two other awards: Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Original Screenplay.
Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ took home four Oscars, the most of any film, including Best Actor for Rami Malek. The movie has come under fire for its treatment of Mercury’s sexuality.
Green Book’s three Oscars were matched by ‘Roma’ and ‘Black Panther’. Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director and Cinematography, making him the first director in Oscars history to take home both of those prizes. The film also won Best Foreign Language Feature.
Black Panther — the third-highest-earning movie of all time in the US and the first superhero movie in history to be nominated for Best Picture — won Original Score, Production Design, and Costume Design.
The awards ceremony celebrated diversity and inclusivity in the breadth of winners who took home the coveted statuette. In addition to Malek and Ali, Regina King won Supporting Actress for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’. Olivia Colman of ‘The favourite’ won Lead Actress.
And though ‘A Star Is Born’ didn’t win any of the night’s big prizes, Lady Gaga didn’t come away empty-handed; she, Bradley Cooper, and the team from ‘A Star Are Born’ won Best Original Song for “Shallow.”