What happened at the Oscars?

Did you miss The Oscars this year? Catch up below to see what happened, including some commentary about selected awards. Winners are in bold.


Best Picture: This was a shock to many. Most people predicted “Black Panther” or “BlacKkKlansman” to win Best Picture given their captivating stories and diverse casts. The New York Times points out that it was the Academy’s mistake to award “Green Book” for Best Picture after years of making similar mistakes. The reputation of #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag that came about as a result of the years with primarily white winners, was diminished slightly by the numerous wins in acting and categories for Costume Design, Cinematography, and best Director. But, the Best Picture award was given to “Green Book,” comprised of white male directors. According to The New York Times, “The academy couldn’t resist another film in which American racism is neatly resolved through a white character’s proximity to a black one”.

  • “Black Panther”
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Green Book”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star Is Born”
  • “Vice”

Lead Actor: Many believed Rami Malek was well deserving in this Oscar Award, for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” His speech was also one of the most emotional of the night, and spoke about young confused boys like Freddy Mercury are stories that people want to be told. Christian Bale, “Vice”

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

Lead Actress: Olivia Colman won in her role in “The Favourite”. Glenn Close is pointed out over the media for being the person with the most Oscar nominations without a win. Olivia Colman even said “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long,” in her acceptance speech.

  • 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: Many believed this was a well deserved win by Mahershala Ali. “The 2019 Oscars broke records for most wins by black nominees ever,” according to IndieWire.

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
  • 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”
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature: Spider-Man: “Into the Spider-Verse” seemed to be the obvious pick for best Animated Feature given its overwhelming popularity since its recent release to theaters.

  • “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

Animated Short: The animated short film, Bao, was the obvious win in many people’s opinions after seeing the short in theaters before watching Incredibles 2. The cute story centers around a mom whose son goes off to college, leaving her lonely until her dumpling turns into a child she can watch grow up again.

  • “Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
  • “Bao,” Domee Shi
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

  • “Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
  • “The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

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

Best 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

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
  • Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
  • Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
  • Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Capernaum” (Lebanon)
  • Cold War” (Poland)
  • Never Look Away” (Germany)
  • Roma” (Mexico)
  • Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

  • BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Production Design:

  • Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
  • 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
  • If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice won an Oscar for best song for “Shallow.” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed the Oscar winning song before winning the award. Lady Gaga was overjoyed after winning the award and was emotional on stage delivering her speech.

  • 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
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Vice

Costume Design:

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
  • The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story