Oscars 2019: The 91st Academy Awards concluded on the morning on February 25, 2019. Green Book won the ‘Best Picture’ award, while Rami Malek and Olivia Colman bagged the ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ awards respectively. Indian film ‘Period: End of Sentence’ won the Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject Category.
Several Hollywood films from the year 2018 were nominated in multiple categories, like Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga starrer ‘A Star is Born’ which was nominated in 8 categories and ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite,’ both of which saw nominations in 10 categories each respectively.
Read the compiled list of Oscars 2019, the complete coverage of the entire event and who ruled the night of Oscars 2019.
About the Oscars 2019
The 91st Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was much in the news for lack of a central host in the 30 years of the awards show. Instead, a concert-like performance by Adam Lambert and band Queen was given, which also featured Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. Other presenters included Helen Mirren, ‘Aquaman’ actor Jason Momoa, singer Pharrell Williams, Mellissa McCarthy among others. The ceremony was held up together by announcements by Randy Thomas, who is reportedly the program announcer for the past 10 years.
A musical performance on ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star is Born’ by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper provided an emotional tint to the ceremony.
Notably, Oscars 2019 also celebrated inclusivity and diversity amid in the winners who got to take home the coveted Oscar statuettes.
Oscars 2019: Complete List of Winners
|Name of the Award||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|
India shines at Oscars 2019 with its ‘Period’ movie
The documentary feature film on menstruation, set in rural India, titled ‘Period. End of Sentence’, has won an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards. The movie, directed by filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi and produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga is based out of Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution while fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.
Notably, the film came into being as a part of ‘The Pad Project’, started by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
Oscars 2019: Green Book’s unexpected win as ‘Best Picture’
‘Green Book,’ the feelgood comedy-drama was named ‘Best Picture’ in a surprise victory over ‘Roma.’ The movie, directed by Peter Farrelly, received a total of five Oscar nominations and won three, including Best Picture. Mahershala Ali took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Don Shirley, the pianist, in the film. Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie won for Best Original Screenplay. Meanwhile,’Roma’ won Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Green Dog is a movie revolving around a white chauffeur and his black client in segregation-era America, The movie was viewed as an underdog in the ceremony, yet managed to defeat strong competition from ‘Roma,’ ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ wins most Oscars
‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ the blockbuster biopic based on british rock-band Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, won the most Academy Awards. Rami Malek won Best Actor along with Oscars for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. The movie, which was a significant box-office success, traced the journey of the singer Freddie Mercury and shed light on his sexuality, his AIDS diagnosis and eccentric performance as a singer.
Malek managed to defeat a strong field which included Bradley Cooper as musician Jack Maine in A Star Is Born and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice.
Olivia Colman stunned as she won ‘Best Actress’
Olivia Colman won the award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the movie, ‘The Favourite.’ Colman struggled to speak through tears after being honoured for her role in The Favourite. “It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar!” she exclaimed.
‘Black Panther’ is the first Marvel Studios movie ever to bag an Oscar
Superhero movie ‘Black Panther’ has become the first ever Marvel Studios movie to win an Oscar. The Ryan Coogler-directed movie received seven Oscar nominations and took home two awards, namely ‘Best Costume Design’ and ‘Best Production Design.’ Ruth Carter became the first ever black woman to win the ‘Best Costume Design’ Oscar.
Lady Gaga won her first ever Oscar for the song ‘Shallow’
Pop singer Lady Gaga won Oscar for the ‘Best Original Song’ at the Oscars 2019 for her song, ‘Shallow,’ from ‘A Star is Born.’ “I worked hard for a long time. It’s not about winning, it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,” said Gaga in her acceptance speech.
Oscars 2019: Who votes for Oscars and how are the winners decided?
Notably, the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles has a total of 7,902 voting members. All voting members collectively choose the winners. The method of preferential ballot system, first introduced in 2009, allows the voters to rank the films in order of most favourite to least favourite. The process is repeated until a choice receives over 50% of the votes.