The 91st annual Academy Awards held on Sunday. It was a night of firsts for many Oscar winners and for the categories in which they won.
The evening also delivered a surprise win for “Green Book,” which took home the Oscar for best picture, defeating strong competition from “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
For the first time in 30 years, there was no host to usher the audience from category to category. The show, instead, started with concert-like performance by Adam Lambert and the band Queen and segued into a pseudo monologue featuring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.
The glue holding the ceremony together was the announcements made by Randy Thomas, who has been the announcer for the program for the last 10 years. And a passionate musical performance from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, of “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” provided some emotional charge.
The awards ceremony itself celebrated diversity and inclusivity in the breadth of winners who took home the coveted statuette.
For the first time awards for best costuming and best production went to African American nominees. Ruth Carter took home the Oscar for best costuming for her work on “Black Panther,” and Hannah Beachler for production design, also for her work on the super hero film.
Oscars 2019: Full List Of Winners:
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM