Sat. May 30th, 2020

91st Oscars: ‘Green Book’ Best Picture; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ tops with four wins

The cast and crew of Green Book (photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The race dramedy Green Book has won Best Picture at the 91st Oscars, along with Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. It was only the 5th film ever to win the top Oscars’ prize without a Best Director nomination. The film overcame tremendous controversy and backlash to win the Producers Guild Award last month on its way to the Oscar. The film was not nominated for the SAG Cast award, making it the second film in a row (after The Shape of Water) to buck that previous trend. Green Book also bypassed the Telluride Film Festival (every Best Picture winner for the last 11 years has shown there) instead premiering at Toronto where it won the Audience Award.

“This is like a dream,” said producer Jim Burke, accepting the award with the Green Book cast and team, including Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga. “We made this film with love, and we made it with tenderness and we made it with respect.”

Farrelly added, “This whole story is about love. It’s about loving each other despite our differences and finding the truth about who we are; we’re the same people.” Both Villalonga and Farrelly won the Original Screenplay Oscar earlier in the evening.

Queen and Adam Lambert opened the show with a medley and the show, the first to go on without a host in 30 years, moved at a quick clip, clocking in at 3h 20m, the shortest telecast since 2012.

Every Best Picture nominee ended up with at least one award tonight with the Academy spreading the wealth and no film earning more than four. A Star Is Born won Original Song for “Shallow,” BlacKkKlansman claimed Adapted Screenplay, finally making Spike Lee a winner of a competitive Oscar and Vice won Makeup & Hairstyling. Roma took home two awards, both for Alfonso Cuarón. He won Best Director (for a second time) and Best Cinematography in a first for a film’s director. 

The night began with a wealth of celebrated wins and Oscar firsts including Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter and Production Designer Hannah Beachler (both of Black Panther) becoming the first black people to win those Oscars. Beachler was the first black female nominee ever in her category. Regina King won Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, bucking the odds after missing out on Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations. 

Bohemian Rhapsody was the top trophy winner of the night with four: both Sound wins, Film Editing and Best Actor for Rami Malek. He became the first winner of Egyptian descent in any acting category. The film won four of its five categories, missing out on Best Picture. 

With The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman winning over Glenn Close in Best Actress, three of the four acting winners won for portraying queer characters, an Oscar record. 

Julia Roberts announced the Best Picture winner, the first female to fly solo since Barbra Streisand in 1991.

Check back tomorrow for commentary, trivia, history and stats plus a post-mortem podcast

Here is the full list of nominations with the winners updated live.

Best Picture

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Lead Actor

Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody – WINNER
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Lead Actress

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Green Book – WINNER
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams – Vice
Marina de Tavira – Roma
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk – WINNER
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite


Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Adam McKay – Vice

Animated Feature

Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson
Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman – WINNER

Animated Short

Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden, David Fine
Bao – Domee Shi – WINNER
Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall
One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – WINNER
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay

The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed – Paul Schrader
Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly – WINNER
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Vice – Adam McKay


Cold War – Łukasz Žal
The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón – WINNER
A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Documentary Feature

Free Solo – Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi – WINNER
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross
Minding the Gap – Bing Liu
Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki
RBG – Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Documentary Short Subject

Black Sheep – Ed Perkins
End Game – Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald
A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry
Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi – WINNER

Live Action Short Film

Detainment – Vincent Lambe
Fauve – Jeremy Comte
Marguerite – Marianne Farley
Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Skin – Guy Nattiv – WINNER

Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico) – WINNER
Shoplifters (Japan)

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman – WINNER
Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Vice – Hank Corwin

Sound Editing

Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst – WINNER
First Man – Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
Roma – Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing

Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali – WINNER
First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

Production Design

Black Panther – Hannah Beachler – WINNER
First Man – Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
The Favourite – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
Mary Poppins Returns – John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Roma – Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score

BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson – WINNER
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song

“All The Stars” from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice – WINNER
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair

Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney – WINNER

Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter – WINNER
The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm – WINNER
Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

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