Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody were the big winners at last night’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
Green Book took home the big prize – ‘Best Picture’, in a shocking turn of events, as usually, to win Best Picture a movie must be considered good, and not just pandering to old people like Forrest Gump.
Green Book also took the award for ‘Original Screenplay’, and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Mahershala Ali, so for those keeping score at home, the director of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ won two Oscars tonight and directed an actor to an Oscar-winning performance.
In other movie news, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ took home four awards, most notably ‘Best Actor’ for Rami Malek.
One of the bigger shocks of the night was Glenn Close pulling a Liverpool in the 2013-2014 season and letting her ‘Best Actress’ statue slip at the last minute to Olivia Colman for ‘The Favourite‘.
Colman winning, along with Spike Lee’s ‘Adapted Screenplay’ win, were the undisputed highlights of the night, and their speeches are sure to go down in Oscar history.
‘A Star Is Born’ took a hammering much like Jackson Maine’s liver last night as well – it won only one of the eight categories it was nominated for, ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Shallow’.
Bradley Cooper is now a 7-time Oscar loser, so the pressure is on for him to make another film that has a terrific first hour but kinda tapers away in the last 20 minutes.
‘Black Panther‘ also failed to steal the ‘Best Picture’ prize, but considering its absence from Directing and Screenwriting categories; it was going to be a tall order.
With that said, the composer from ‘Community‘ and ‘New Girl’ winning an Oscar for scoring a Marvel movie is a pleasant surprise.
‘Roma’ was the heavy favourite going into the night, easily taking home the Oscar for ‘Best Director’, ‘Cinematography and Foreign Language Film’, but falling short at the last major hurdle – Best Picture.
Academy voters aren’t smart enough to watch a film that requires reading subtitles for over 2 hours, and the fact the film is in black and white would probably make them think it’s an old film, so naturally, they gave Best Picture to the most easily digestible Rustlers burger of a movie.
This was the year for foreign language films to break the glass ceiling, but as has been the theme for this decade, nothing ever goes to plan.
On the technical side of things, a host-free ceremony went pretty well – no awkward comedy bits, charming and fun category hosts and few montages?
The Academy could be onto a winner, now if only they had better taste in films.