“Green Book” upset “Roma” to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture on an historic night featuring a record number of wins for black-themed films. “Green Book” also won in the Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Original Screenplay categories.
Meanwhile, Spike Lee landed the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Regina King garnered the Supporting Actress award for inspired performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” And Peter Ramsey won for co-directing the Best Animated Feature, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.”
“Black Panther” prevailed in a trio of categories: Original Score, Costume Design, and Production Design. In the process, Ruth E. Carter made history as the first African-American woman to win for Costume Design, and Hannah Beachler did so, too, as the first African American to win for Production Design.
The festivities flowed smoothly despite the absence of an emcee, and the show was about an hour shorter than usual. The emphasis on diversity was pretty obvious, with white presenters being outnumbered by black, Latino, and Asians.
After jumping into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson on his way to the podium, a euphoric Spike Lee delivered a politically-tinged acceptance speech in which he appealed to folks to vote in the 2020 election. Although Spike never referred to Trump by name, the president subsequently saw fit to tweet about the Oscar-winner’s supposedly “racist hit” against him.
As far as my Oscar picks, I only got half right, my worst showing ever.
Here the complete list of 2019 Academy 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”
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” (“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: “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”