In one of the biggest turn of events in Oscar history (excluding the 2017 Moonlight debacle), this year’s major movie award ceremony went ahead sans presenter for the first time in 30 years. There’s no doubt a lineup of controversies paved a rocky road for the 2019 Academy Award season including the backtrack of scaling down categories by cutting less-popular categories to ad breaks and everything re Kevin Hart.
However, the full 91st Academy Awards ceremony went ahead and this year it was the contentious Green Book that cleaned up Best Picture, Best Original Screen Play and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali casually taking out his second Oscar). Other big wins stemmed from Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and ROMA which means if you haven’t already seen these works of art – you’ll want to get onto that pronto.
Here are all the major wins that went down at the 2019 Oscars.
Best Picture: Green Book
The interweb may be up in flames right now but Green Book nabbed the top spot for Best Picture (which comes as no surprise since it cleaned up at the Golden Globes). The name of this movie references The Negro Motorist Green Book which was basically a travel guide for African Americans during the Jim Crow era and follows the relationship between two men (a working-class driver and a black classical pianist) from completely different worlds.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón
It was dubbed the “movie of the year” and ROMA has not disappointed around the 2019 award circuit having already taken out Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Best Director at the Golden Globes and snaking wins at BAFTA and the Directors Guild awards. It’s Alfonso Cuarón’s second Academy Award (yep, he was the brainpower behind 2013’s Gravity) which makes him the fifth Mexican to actually win this category in six years. ROMA tales memories of Cuarón’s own childhood in Mexico city during the 70s and focuses on a particular indigenous maid working for a middle-class family. You can actually watch ROMA on Netflix now.
Best Actor: Rami Malek
This award deservedly went to Rami Malek for his stellar performance in Bohemian Rhapsody because nobody can do Freddie Mercury-like he can (and he also scored every major award in the lead up to the 2019 Oscars). Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury who died from AIDs-related complications in 1991.
Best Actress: Olivia Colman
Up against the likes of swooping Lady Gaga and Glenn Close, it was Olivia Colman who won Best Actress for her damn magnificent performance in The Favourite. Also starring Emma Stone, The Favourite is a historical black comedy-drama directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about two cousins competing to be court favourites of Queen Anne.
Best Original Screenplay: Green Book
Nominated for five awards, it was Green Book that stole the show in the Best Original Screenplay category. Initially, the movie didn’t really knock it out of the ballpark at the box office but it stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who took out Best Supporting Actor and has become the first Muslim actor to do so, unravelling a story (albeit controversial) about race and prejudice.
Other notable wins: Lady Gaga won her first Academy Award for Best Original Song for Shallow in A Star Is Born, Best Documentary went to Period. End of Sentence and ROMA also took out Best Foreign Film.
Ready to binge? Here's every movie to watch on Netflix right now.
Image credit: Gabriel Olsen