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The 91st Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars) were held last night at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. In the lead-up to the ceremony, many forecasted that it would be an unpredictable and perhaps even messy night. Last night’s event was the first Oscars ceremony to have no host in three decades; the 2018 acting award winners did not present the 2019 acting awards, as is a long-standing Oscars tradition; and plans to limit the broadcast of the ceremony to three hours didn’t stick.
Despite the potentially ambiguous new structure, the 91st Academy Awards nevertheless ended with a clear set of big winners, many of which were people and films that have already swept other awards. Here are the big winners from this year’s Oscars.
Controversial director Bryan Singer’s contentious Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won more awards than any other film at last night’s ceremony, despite mixed critical reviews. The film’s four wins went to Rami Malek for Actor in a Leading Role, for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury; John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone for both Film Editing and Sound Editing; and Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali for Sound Mixing. The only category in which Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated but did not win is Best Picture, which went to Green Book.
Another controversial entry in the Academy Awards’ extensive list of nominees, Green Book won in three of the five categories in which it was nominated. Although many have accused the film’s narrative of taking a “white savior” standpoint and expressing guilt about racism rather than accurately depicting the real story and social issues on which the movie is based, Green Book nevertheless won Best Picture. Mahershala Ali won the award for Actor in A Supporting Role for his portrayal of one of the film’s main characters, pianist Don Shirley; Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga won the Best Original Screenplay award for the film as well.
Despite Green Book’s overwhelmingly positive reception at the Oscars, not all were happy with its wins, just as many have stirred controversy about the film’s standpoint. In particular, Spike Lee attempted to leave the Dolby Theatre when Green Book’s Best Picture win was announced.
Roma tied with The Favourite for the most nominations at last night’s Oscars, with a whopping 10 nominations each. Roma, which began streaming on Netflix just a few weeks after a short, limited theatrical run, won in three of the categories for which it was nominated. Alfonso Cuarón, who wrote, directed, edited, and produced the film, won Best Cinematography; Cuarón also won Best Director for his work. Roma’s third win was in the category of Best Foreign Language film; the movie’s dialogue is spoken in Spanish and Mixtec. In many of the categories for which Roma was nominated but did not win, it lost to Green Book or Bohemian Rhapsody; however, compared to those two films, it has been mired in only minor controversies.
Do you think these movies deserved all the awards they got? What movies do you think deserved more wins? Who got snubbed? Sound off in the comments!