Awards & Achievements: 2019 Oscars Rundown

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Best Picture

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly, a true story of African-American pianist Don Shirley’s journey with Italian-American bouncer Tony Vallelonga. It was praised for it’s discussion of racial issues in 1960’s America, however many critics have detested the film’s Oscar win, claiming the film struggled with a ‘white savior’ formula and paled in comparison to other nominees such as Black Panther, Roma, or A Star Is Born.

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

Roma is a semi-autobiographical following the story of a housekeeper for a middle-class family in 1970’s Mexico. It is the first foreign language film to nab this award. The film was praised for its stylistic approach to the struggles of ordinary life by blending the gravity of Cuarón’s childhood and a tribute to his mother.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek made history that night to become the first actor of Arab descent to win an oscar. Praised for his electric performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen-centered film, Malek is known for work on other media such as Mr. Robot and an upcoming role in the next James Bond film.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Colman took home the Oscar for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, she also took home Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes and Best Actress at the BAFTAs. She thanked her family and other nominees during her acceptance speech, citing them as inspirations for her acting career.

Best Original Song

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

Sung by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper in the musical Rom-Com A Star Is Born, “Shallow” is a culmination of Gaga’s & Coopers’ characters’ emotions in the film. The song was praised for its self-aware lyrics and power ballad sound.

Best Original Score

Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther

The first superhero film to take home an Oscar for this category, and many others, Goransson was praised for defining the hero with a musical African backdrop while keeping the score swelling and exciting Marvel-style.


Best Original Screenplay

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie for Green Book

Green Book is an original take on the lives of Don Shirley & Tony Vallelonga, taking its name from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook for African-American performers seeking black-friendly motels and restaurants.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman

As Spike Lee’s first Oscar win, BlacKkKlansman takes inspiration from the 2014 memoir of the same name. Lee was praised for his striking commentary on current events and brilliant tonal balance.

Best Live Action Short Film


Skin took home the Oscar for its tackling the racial tensions in a small American town and impressive storytelling. This category was nearly cut by Oscar voters, but the idea was shot down after public backlash.

Best VFX

First Man

A stellar movie about Neil Armstrong, First Man‘s visual effects depicting the depth and silence of space were praised by critics and fans alike.

Best Documentary Short Film

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A Netflix-distributed documentary following Indian women banding together to produced menstrual hygiene products for their village, the film received praise for bringing light to a rather taboo subject.

Best Animated Short Film


Pixar’s short film featuring a tiny dumpling, Bao was praised for its cute story and representation through its Chinese-Canadian director, Domee Shi.

Best Animated Feature Film

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse

The first non-Pixar animated film to take home an Oscar in 6 years, Spiderverse was praised for its comic book art style, introduction of Blatino hero Miles Morales, and clever take on the Marvel formula.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali for Green Book

Mahershala Ali was praised for his historical role as a pianist in Green Book. This is his second Oscar and he has been widely acclaimed by critics as a leading actor.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Regina King received her first Oscar for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. She was praised for a mature take on her character as well as crediting for helping keep the film alive.

Best Film Editing

John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody received wide acclaim for its portrayal of Queen’s live performances.


Best Foreign Language Film


Roma is the first Mexican film to take home this Oscar. The film is seen entirely in Spanish and has been praised for its nostalgic portrayal of Mexico.


Best Sound Mixing

Bohemian Rhapsody


Best Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody


Best Cinematography


Roma, shot in black-and-white, was praised for its moody and natural shots.

Best Production Design

Black Panther

Set in the backdrop of fictional African country Wakanda, Black Panther‘s production design was praised for making the high-tech country come to life in its native continent.

Best Costume Design

Black Panther

Black Panther‘s costuming received worldwide acclaim for drawing upon its African roots to bring its comic book cast to life with a diverse twist.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling


Vice‘s makeup & hairstyling became a rave among critics for seamlessly turning Christian Bale into Dick Cheney.

Best Documentary (Feature)

Free Solo

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s documentary follows American rock climber Alex Honnold’s climb of a granite monolith named El Capitan. Praised for giving an up close & personal take on the passionate sport, Free Solo took home not only the Oscar for Best Documentary, but also the BAFTA.


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