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OSCARS 2019

Green Book crowned Best Film of the year at the Oscars

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- Olivia Colman and Bohemian Rhapsody brought the only good news for Europe at an edition that somewhat overlooked cinema from the Continent

Green Book crowned Best Film of the year at the Oscars
Olivia Colman clutching her Oscar for Best Actress for The Favourite

After the unanimous acclaim that Roma has received ever since it bowed at the latest Venice Film Festival, where it scooped the Golden Lion, as well as its enviable run throughout the awards season, many were betting that the movie by Alfonso Cuarón would also manage to scoop the Oscar for Best Film. But the Hollywood Academy had different plans. Green Book, the film by Peter Farrelly (the man behind movies such as Dumb and Dumber and There's Something about Mary), left the Dolby Theatre crowned as the Best Film of the year, according to the most high-profile film awards in the world, the Oscars. On top of this, the movie also took home the Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as the statuette for Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, marking the second time the actor has bagged the exact same award, after having received it two years ago.

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Roma had to settle for a triumph in the Best Foreign-language category, which was topped off with the Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematograpy, both bestowed upon Alfonso Cuarón.

However, the film that won the highest number of accolades was the UK-US co-production Bohemian Rhapsody [+see also:
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, given that it received four of the five awards it was vying for (Best Lead Actor for Rami Malek, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing) - making it an almost-perfect night for the flick, as it only missed out on the Best Film Award.

In an uninspiring, somewhat dull ceremony, Olivia Colman was responsible for one of the most memorable moments, when she went up on stage to collect her much-deserved Award for Best Actress for her work in The Favourite [+see also:
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. During a speech in equal parts hilarious and moving, the British actress managed to sugar-coat the fact that Glenn Close had become the actress with the most nominations in the history of the awards, without ever having been victorious. Spike Lee, another key figure in the US film world, fared better, as he received an Oscar for the first time with the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for BlacKkKlansman.

The rest of the European hopefuls had to come back to this side of the pond empty-handed. Cold War [+see also:
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 and Never Look Away [+see also:
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interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
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 were nominated for three and two awards, respectively, but they did not manage to cash in on any of them. The same thing happened for Border [+see also:
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, the co-production Capernaum [+see also:
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, and the short films Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain), Detainment (Vincent Lambe, Ireland), Black Sheep (Ed Perkins, UK) and Late Afternoon (Louise Bagnall, Ireland), which were up for one award each.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best Picture
Green Book – Peter Farrelly

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Best Actor
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody [+see also:
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 (UK/USA)

Best Actress
Olivia Colman – The Favourite [+see also:
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 (Ireland/UK/USA)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Supporting Actress
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Adapted Screenplay
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman

Best Original Screenplay
Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga - Green Book

Best Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Best Foreign-language Film
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

Best Documentary
Free Solo - Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Best Cinematography
Roma

Best Costume Design
Black Panther

Best Film Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Vice

Best Original Score
Black Panther

Best Original Song
“Shallow” (A Star Is Born)

Best Production Design
Black Panther

Best Sound Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Mixing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Visual Effects
First Man

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Period. End of Sentence. - Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Short Film (Animated)
Bao - Domee Shi

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Skin – Guy Nattiv

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