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February 21, 2019

'Green Book' wins best picture in upset at the 2019 Oscars

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform together during the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday and what was expected to be a nightmare of a show turned out to be decent affair full of timely jokes and apt presenters. 

RELATED LINK: The looks of Oscar: The red carpet

Not all the winners who were favored to win won. In fact, there were a number of upsets, including "Green Book" winning for best picture. 

But the highlight of the evening was truly women and diversity. "Black Panther" won three awards, including Ruth E. Carter who became the first African American to win for best costume design. Spike Lee won his first Oscar for "BlacKkKlansman." "Period. End of Sentence," a documentary about a village in India combating the stigma of menstruation,  won for best documentary short - and certainly won for best acceptance speech. ("I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!")

Rami Malek won best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" while Olivia Coleman edged out Glenn Close for best actress for her turn as Queen Anne in "The Favourite."

This year the awards ceremony may have gone without a host, but you know, maybe that's something they should do more often. 

Read below to follow along on the night's events. 

Olivia ColemanRobert Deutsch/USA Today Network

Olivia Colman accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for her role in “The Favourite” during the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.

Update [6:45 p.m.]: So far the red carpet has been a tapestry of color with many ladies, including Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy,  wearing suits. The pink on the red carpet just keeps growing, from Helen Mirren to Gemma Chan. It's hard not to escape it, and I have to say, as someone who is pretty partial to all things pink, it actually looks pretty amazing. #PinkForever

Update [7:55 p.m.]: The red carpet has bid adieu and the actually awards ceremony is about to begin. Best dressed is a bit of toss up for me between Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Helen Mirren. All look absolutely stunning, but it might be Gaga's 120-something carat necklace that truly stole the show. (Like, dang.)

Update [8:00 p.m.]: Queen opened the show, and I have to say, it was a pretty great performance. Though I'm just glad to see the Oscars didn't start the show with a musical number starring Rob Lowe and some actress dressed as Snow White again. 

Update [8:11 p.m.]: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph delivered the opening monologue and it was everything I could have ever wanted. 

Update [8:23 p.m.]: So far, Regina King has won an Oscar for best supporting actress (deservedly so), and "Free Solo" won for best documentary. ("Free Solo" may or may not have said some words they shouldn't have used.)

Update [8:31 p.m.]: "Black Panther" wins for best costume, making Ruth E. Carter the first African American to win for best costume design. (Also, Melissa McCarthy is never not amazing.) 

Update [8:43 p.m.]: "Black Panther" wins again for production design. Tyler Perry then fired some serious shots at the Oscars for almost cutting the cinematography category from the broadcast. (Yes, more of this please. Let's turn this night into an Oscars roast.)

Update [9:00 p.m.]: "Bohemian Rhapsody" wins both best sound mixing and sound editing. (So, I take back what I said from before. Maybe Queen is best dressed? Those are some serious velvet suits.)

Update [9:08 p.m.]: "Roma" wins its second Oscar of the night. This is the first time Mexico has won for best foreign language film. Keegan-Michael Key then flew into the event like a Mary Poppins we didn't even know we needed. 

Update [9:20 p.m.]: "Bohemian Rhapsody" wins again for best film editing. This was another category the Academy almost cut from the broadcast - because, you know, it's so easy to cut film down to the right microseconds without comprising quality. NBD.

Update [9:39 p.m.]: Kacey Musgraves presents an almost-cut-from-broadcast best song nominee performance for “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs." (And somehow did it so flawlessly despite the fact she was being eaten alive by her dress.)

Update [9:43 p.m.]: We are not worthy! Mike Myers and Dana Carvey together again?  That may have been my favorite moment of the Oscars so far.

Update [9:49 p.m.]: "I'm not crying because on my period or anything." No other speech can top this acceptance speech. 

Update [10:02 p.m.]: Wow, Philly native Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga absolutely killed it in their performance of "Shallow." It was raw and moving in all the right ways. Absolutely beautiful. (Though fans who speculate the two are in love definitely have more to speculate with. Seriously, did you see the look those two gave each other? Just sayin'.) 

Update [10:27 p.m.]: Spike Lee just won his first Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman." Not too long after, Lady Gaga won her first Oscar for best original song for "Shallow" from "A Star is Born." 

Update [10:47 p.m.]:  Rami Malek, while giving thanks for his best actor win for "Bohemian Rhapsody," "I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out." 

Rami MalekRobert Deutsch/USA Today Network

Rami Malek accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody” during the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.

Update [10:59 p.m.] Olivia Coleman won best actress for "The Favourite," beating out Glenn Close, who has racked up seven nominations with no wins as of yet. (That also may have been the cutest speech of the night. Coleman, you are adorable.) 

Update [11:15 p.m.]: "Green Book" wins for best picture, upsetting "Roma," which was favored to win. 

Below are Twitter updates from local and national fashion and entertainment trend spotters and influencers. Scroll past for a listing of all the nominees and winners.

The 91st Annual Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

“Black Panther”


“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”


“A Star Is Born”


Lead Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead Actress

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

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”


Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature

“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

“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


"Cold War," Łukasz Żal

"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”


“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

“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 Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Makeup and Hair


“Mary Queen of Scots”


Costume Design

“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”

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