Red ruffles, pink tulle, and even gold gowns inspired by Oscar himself overran the Academy Awards red carpet as Hollywood glitterati showed off their fineries during cinema’s biggest glam-fest.
British rock band Queen, featuring “American Idol” star Adam Lambert as lead vocalist, opened the first host less Oscars show in 30 years but filled with powerhouse music performances with a rollicking performance of their hit songs “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” that brought the Dolby Theatre’s A-list celebrity crowd to its feet.
Their appearance made them the first rock band ever to open the Academy Awards and celebrated the global success of best picture nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about the British band and its late front man, Freddie Mercury. The film took three early wins for sound and production design. Rami Malek won for his role as late front man Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Roma” won the best foreign language Oscar – a first for Mexico – and director Cuaron was named best cinematographer. The black-and-white “Roma” went in to the show with 10 nominations, including best picture. A win would mark the first best picture Oscar for Netflix and a sign that streaming services can not only compete with traditional Hollywood studios, but beat them at their own game.
Lady Gaga and her “A Star is Born” director Bradley Cooper sang an emotional rendition of their hit song “Shallow,” which brought Gaga her first ever Oscar, sitting side by side at a grand piano and bringing the audience to its feet.
Regina King won her first Oscar for her supporting role as a mother fighting for justice in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
In an upset, Britain’s Olivia Colman got the best actress Oscar for “The Favourite,” beating presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in “The Wife.”
“Green Book,” from Universal Pictures took two other Oscars – for best original screenplay and supporting actor Mahershala Ali, who played a black pianist touring the segregated U.S. South in the 1960s.
“Green Book” a film about a black pianist touring America in the segregated 1960s capped a great awards season by taking home the Oscar for best picture.
The film, which won several awards this season including a Golden Globe for best motion picture and best screenplay, came out on top at the Academy Awards.
The film was also a boon for star Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA awards for best supporting actor. This was Ali’s second Academy Award in three years.
“Green Book” also won an Oscar for best original screenplay.
The winners of the 2019 Oscars were chosen by the 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.