91st Academy Awards Concludes with A Bevy of Wins from Predictable, Surprises and Inclusiveness

Written by on February 26, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Awards season has finally come to a close with the biggest night in Hollywood— The 91st Academy Awards Ceremony— a gathering of the biggest stars in Tinseltown representing the best movies 2018 had to offer.

The usual suspects of the award circuit dominated the nominations and wins in each category— from the Golden Globes to the Screen Actors Guild to the Critic’s Choice— each award show with similar and unique winners but clearly not arbiters of what would happen during the Oscars.

Case in point— dubbed to be one of the two major upsets of the award season was Olivia Colman surprisingly beating Glenn Close for Best Actress. Colman, winning for her performance in ‘The Favourite’ impliedly apologized to consistent winner Close who shined in ‘The Wife’.

The other upset was the biggest award of the night— Best Picture. The accolade went to ‘Green Book’ starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, besting the crowd favorite ‘Roma’ directed by Alfonso Cuarón. It would have been Netflix’s biggest night, as analyst claimed, to have won the award for the first time. Ali, however, won Best Supporting Actor making him the first Black man to win the category twice. It wasn’t entirely a loss for ‘Roma’ as it went home with Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ went home with Best Sound Mixing for Queen songs, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who tripped and had to be assisted by medics after his speech.

It was also a year of firsts and inclusiveness in the winners— Spike Lee wins his first competitive Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘BlacKkKlansman’; Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win for costume design and production design for ‘Black Panther’, respectively, the Marvel production also won Best Original Score; Peter Ramsey, one of the co-directors of the Best Animated Feature winner ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, is the first black director to win in the category.

The scene stealer of the whole show was undoubtedly Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s live performance of their Best Original Song winning ‘Shallow’ for their movie together, ‘A Star Is Born’. Not only did the two give a very emotional performance, Gaga also wore the ‘Tiffany Diamond’ worth $30 million which was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in a photo shoot to promote ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in 1961.

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