Oscars did it their own way. The 91st Academy Awards dismissed the guidance demonstrated by other prestigious cinema awards and messed up the fine winning continuity of Roma. While you surely cannot call an Oscar for Cinematography, Foreign Film and Directing a failure, an unofficially called "the most important" - the Oscar for the Best Picture - went to Green Book.
Usually noted only for awards received by Mahershala Ali as the Best Actor in Supporting Role, Green Book directed by Peter Farrelly won a fierce competition with such grands as Roma, The Favourite, Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, Black Panther and A Star Is Born. Based on a true story about a friendship born on a journey to US south between an Italian-American bouncer and African-American pianist star in 1960s, Green Book featured a complicated mindset metamorphosis of both - the country and the man.
If not Rami Malek who else could have won the Oscar for an Actor in A Leading Role? This question - or rather a statement - was heard in many discussions before the ceremony and much earlier - straight after the screening of Bohemian Rhapsody. All inaccuracies of Queen history left aside, Ramy Malek did a fantastic job to personify one of the most loved and missed personalities in the world - Freddy Mercury.
It wasn't so obvious in the battle for the Oscar for an Actress in a Actress in A Leading Role. Most of the odds were in Glenn Close's (The Wife) favour, however a role of a frail Queen Anne brought the victory to a British Actress Olivia Colman (The Favourite). It is her third honorary award in addition to the BAFTA and the Golden Globe.
The Oscars for the actor and actress in A Supporting Role left no surprises. Mahershala Ali gathered all possible awards for his role as a pianist going on tour to American South in 1960s in Green Book this year. Regina King was honored for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel by James Baldwin.
See all nominees and winners here.
The Academy Awards ceremony rounded-up the cinematographic year and its achievements. The chatter about the well-deserved wins and disappointments will probably linger for a week, fading with the last pages of people magazines featuring fashionable wear and gossip. Time for a new start, new premieres, festivals and new favourites. Further we go!