Summary of the 2019 Oscars

The 2019 Oscars marked the 91st edition of the biggest night in the film industry. This years’ awards were full of surprises, with unexpected wins in several of the major categories.

Olivia Colman and Rami Malek scooped the major acting prizes, while Green Book triumphed in the Best Picture category. Here is a list of all the winners:

  • Best picture: Green Book
  • Best director: Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
  • Best actor: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best actress: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Best supporting actress: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best Original Screenplay: Green Book
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Best Original Score: Black Panther
  • Best Original Song: Shallow – A Star Is Born
  • Best Production Design: Black Panther
  • Best Visual Effects: First Man
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Vice
  • Best Costume Design: Black Panther
  • Best Cinematography: Roma
  • Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Roma
  • Best Feature Documentary: Free Solo
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  • Best Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best Animated Short: Bao
  • Best Short Documentary: Period. End Of Sentence.
  • Best Short: Skin

How the Oscars ran without a host

Kevin Hart’s decision to step down as host following a row about historic homophobic tweets left event organisers in a bit of a pickle.

Their decision to run the show without a host worked to a degree, although the event perhaps lacked a personal touch.

Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, opened the show with a medley of hits that struggled to get the crowd going and the lack of a host led to proceedings feeling a little rushed.

The presenters of each award tried to do their bit to keep things ticking along, but a big-name host such as Jimmy Kimmel would have added much more sparkle to this year’s Oscars.

ABC’s biggest concern will be whether the absence of a host had a significant effect on television ratings. If it did, expect to see a major star hosting the event in 2020.

Surprises galore at the 2019 Oscars

Most Academy Awards events throw up a few surprises and it was certainly no different in 2019. Many pundits had tipped Roma or A Star is Born to win Best Picture, but Green Book sneaked up on the rails to surprise the front-runners.

Bradley Cooper would have been hoping for a better night than he enjoyed, with Shallow’s selection as Best Original Song scant reward for his stellar efforts on A Star is Born.

Arguably the biggest surprise was Bohemian Rhapsody claiming four awards. While Rami Malek was a fine choice as Best Actor, the rest of the film felt a little underwhelming in comparison with some of its rivals.

Makers of The Favourite might also feel aggrieved after picking up just one award from 10 nominations. Olivia Colman’s Best Actress award was a huge surprise, particularly with many bookmakers predicting Glenn Close was a certainty to win the prize.

Close still remains the most nominated living actor never to win an Oscar and she must be wondering what she has to do to get her hands on one.

Highlights of the 2019 Oscars

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga gave an intimate performance of Shallow from A Star is Born that will live long in the memory.

The chemistry between them sent the internet into meltdown, although Cooper’s wife seemed perfectly relaxed about the whole thing when the pair returned to their seats.

Cooper had encouraged Gaga to “drop a little bit of joy” with their performance of the song and it is fair to say they did just that.

Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler were the first presenters of the evening and left the crowd in stitches before introducing the Actress in a Supporting Role category.

Olivia Colman gave the best acceptance speech, getting a standing ovation after giving a hugely respectful nod to Glenn Close.

Anyone who watched Bohemian Rhapsody will have noticed Mike Myers dropping a subtle reference to his classic headbanging scene in Wayne’s World and he took it to another level at the Oscars.

He was joined on stage by co-star Dana Carvey and the pair delighted the audience by reciting numerous famous lines from the iconic film.

However, the Cooper and Gaga duet was the standout moment of the Oscars – don’t be surprised to see them starring in another film together in the future.

What to expect at the Oscars next year

Predicting the Oscar winners nearly 12 months in advance is an almost impossible task, particularly with the event’s penchant for throwing up a surprise or two.

Despite this, Tom Hanks looks an excellent early pick to end his Oscars drought with his role as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.

Hanks won back-to-back prizes for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in the 1990s, but he has been empty-handed since then.

However, he is the perfect casting for the role of Rogers, the enduring American television icon who charmed family audiences with his long-running show Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood.

Quentin Tarantino could also enjoy success with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his colourful look at 1969 Tinseltown around the time of the notorious Manson Family murders.

With a cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie, big things are expected of the film.

The success of Bohemian Rhapsody in 2019 has sparked talk that another biopic could hit the bookmakers hard next year.

Rocketman focuses on the early career of Elton John and has already been heralded as a classic by the legendary singer himself.

Toy Story 4 and Yesterday are other major film releases scheduled for this year that could make a major splash at the 2020 Oscars.

Best Picture  – The winner “Green Book”

This year’s competition for Best Picture is certain to be hotly contested and will be a popular market for people looking at Oscars betting.

A Star is Born, If Beale Street Could Talk, First Man, Black Panther and Vice will be amongst the favourites, while BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Roma, Green Book and Widows could also be in the running.

Best Director - The winner Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Inevitably, the directors for many of the films in the mix to scoop the Best Picture prize will be in contention for this award.

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Damien Chazelle (First Man), but Bradley Cooper could top them all for his stunning directorial debut with A Star is Born.

Peter Farrelly (Green Book), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Steve McQueen (Widows) and Adam McKay (Vice) are others who could be in line for this award.

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Best Actor - The Winner is Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

This is always another highly-contested category that generates worldwide buzz. Cooper seems sure to be amongst the front-runners, but he is sure to face stiff competition from elsewhere.

Christian Bale (Vice), Ryan Gosling (First Man), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) may be amongst the nominations, with Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Robert Redford (The Old Man and the Gun) and Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy) other strong contenders.

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Best Actress -The Winner is Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

If you believe the hype this category will be a case of Lady Gaga first, the rest nowhere. Her work in A Star is Born is quite staggering, although there are plenty of other talented actresses in with a shot of winning an Oscar.

Saoirse Ronan (Mary Queen of Scots), Viola Davis (Widows), Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) could all give Lady Gaga a run for her money. Glenn Close (The Wife) and Nicole Kidman (Destroyer) are others worthy of consideration.

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Best Supporting Actor – The Winner is Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

If Cooper and Lady Gaga hit the high notes in the other categories, Sam Elliott could add to A Star is Born’s triumphs in this particular category.

Sam Rockwell (Vice), Timothee Chalamet, (Beautiful Boy), Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Daniel Kaluuya (Widows) and Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me) are other potential challengers.


Best Supporting Actress – The Winner is Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

This category seems sure to have some big names battling for the Oscar. Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots), Claire Foy (First Man), Amy Adams (Vice) and Emma Stone (The Favourite) make up a strong early shortlist.

However, Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased), Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) and Sissy Spacek (The Old Man and the Gun) are also worth watching in the betting.


Best Original Screenplay – The Winner is “Green Book”

Vice, The Favourite, Green Book and Roma are likely to be contenders in what appears to be a tough category. Bohemian Rhapsody, Isle of Dogs, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Eighth Grade are other movies worth following in the betting.


Best Adapted Screenplay – The Winner is “BlackKklansman”

If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman and First Man should be in the running to claim this award, although Widows, Boy Erased, Mary Queen of Scots are amongst a host of other films that could receive a nomination.

The Oscar

The Oscars is an annual celebration of the American film industry. The event comprises 24 awards for technical and artistic merits in film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards Oscars to give recognition to people who have made noteworthy achievements in cinematography.
The golden statuette, commonly referred to as an “Oscar”, was created by George Stanley in 1927 from a sketch created by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons.

Since then, more than 2,300 statuettes have been presented to some of the world’s best film and television actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians.
The Oscars are held annually at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The next show will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 and will the 91st time the event has been staged.

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