Green Book caps off the awards season with a head-scratching Best Picture win.
After an impressive awards season that saw each Best Picture nominee earn wins at various guild and critics awards, the 91st Academy Awards closed things out with a few surprises of its own.
The host-less Oscars went over the planned three-hour runtime by just under 20 minutes, but still packed in plenty of memorable moments.
Queen and Adam Lambert opened the show with a medley of the band's biggest hits. Other musical performances made their mark throughout the evening, especially the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga duet of the hit song from A Star is Born.
The awards presenters were a mix of Hollywood legends, Hollywood funny people, and notable celebrities outside of the film world. Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph were the first of the night, officially opening the ceremony and serving as the semi-hosts. Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry had the most memorable presenting moment as they decked out in full period garb for the costume design award.
Some of the more powerful moments came from the winners themselves. Spike Lee finally won his first competitive Oscar for writing BlacKkKlansman. The win served as a much-deserved cherry on top for a career that has spanned multiple decades. Director Rayka Zehtabchi and producer Melissa Berton wining for short film Period. End of Sentence used their acceptance speech to highlight the film's vision. "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education," Berton said.
Regina King gave the first acceptance speech of the night, including tear-filled anecdotes that set the perfect tone for the evening. The same exuberance continued throughout the ceremony, including Olivia Colman's shocking Best Actress win.
This awards season has been everything other than predictable and the 91st Oscars continued that trend. Because of the vast array of possible winners going into the night, the winners were surprising to both the audience and the recipients themselves. The pace of the evening felt swift, but complete. Respectful, but aware of any lagging. Even if the biggest winner of the night, Green Book, was uninspired, the ceremony itself was a new level of expert showmanship for the Academy and Hollywood's biggest night of the year.
Cinema history was made before our eyes. The winners felt more diverse than in any recent year.
Roma earned three wins tonight, with Alfonso Cuarón receiving each. Black Panther and Green Book tied with three wins, including the lucrative Best Picture award for the latter. But, Bohemian Rhapsody walked away with the most wins, four, including a Best Actor win for Rami Malek.
The 91st Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, Sahnnon Dill
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
A STAR IS BORN
Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Production Design: Hannah Beachler
Set Decoration: Jay Hart
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, Patricia DeHaney
BEST SOUND EDITING
John Warhurst, Nina Hartstone
BEST SOUND MIXING
Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, John Casali
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE
Rayka Zehtabchi, Melissa Berton
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Domee Shi, Becky Neiman-Cobb
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Guy Nattiv, Jaime Ray Newman