‘Green Book’ denies Netflix top Oscar on night of music and diversity

LOS ANGELES – Road journey movie “Green Book” triumphed over “Roma” to win best the proper picture Oscar on Sunday, denying Netflix bragging rights as the first streaming service to beat Hollywood at its private sport.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for “Roma,” his sentimental black-and-white journey once more to his childhood, and the film obtained two completely different Oscars, along with for best abroad language.

In an important upset of the night, Britain’s Olivia Colman obtained her first Oscar for her place as petulant monarch Queen Anne in Fox Searchlight interval comedy “The Favourite,” beating presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in “The Wife.”

“It’s genuinely quite stressful! This is hilarious,” said a visibly shocked Colman. “Glenn Close – you have been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be,” she instructed her fellow actress, sitting inside the viewers.

Rami Malek obtained for his place as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film was an important complete winner, with 4 Oscars, and it moreover stamped its mark on the current when the group turned the first rock band to open an Academy Awards current.

“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” said Malek, who had been favored to win the award.


It was moreover an unlimited night for diversity, with Oscars going to black supporting actors Mahershala Ali and Regina King, whereas Spike Lee obtained for tailor-made screenplay for his Ku Klux Klan movie “BlacKkKLansman.” Malek was born inside the United States to Egyptian mom and father.

“Black Panther,” with a predominantly black strong, obtained right here away with three Oscars, along with costume design, for its imaginative and prescient of a fictional great African kingdom of Wakanda.

“Green Book” a Universal Pictures film about an unlikely friendship between a black pianist and his white driver touring the segregated U.S. South inside the 1960s, moreover obtained for distinctive screenplay and supporting actor for Ali.
91st Academy Awards – Oscars Show – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 24, 2019. Peter Farrelly accepts the Best Picture award for “Green Book.” REUTERS/Mike Blake

The wins obtained right here regardless of a slew of harmful publicity spherical every “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in newest months.

The family of the late pianist Dr. Don Shirley has said that his portrayal in “Green Book” contained inaccuracies, and in January accusations surfaced of sexual impropriety by director Peter Farrelly inside the 1990s. Farrelly apologized for his conduct.

“I think we brought great honor to Dr. Shirley,” screenwriter Nick Vallelonga instructed reporters on Sunday regarding the criticism.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer was accused in January of sexual misconduct involving underage males inside the 1990s.

Singer issued an announcement denying the accusations.

The Oscar ceremony went ahead with out a bunch for the first time since 1989 and instead was full of powerhouse music performances from Queen, Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper carried out an intimate duet of “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” which launched Gaga her first Oscar.


“I have worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning, it’s about not giving up,” said a tearful Gaga. “It’s not about how many times you get rejected. … It’s about how many times you are brave and you keep on going.”

(This mannequin of the story fixes typographical error in “Black Panther” in ninth paragraph)

Additional reporting by Nichola Groom, Lisa Richwine, Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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