Oscars: I AM 91st Academy Awards

Glenn Close Best Actress Nominee at the 91st Academy Awards - Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Glenn Close Best Actress Nominee at the 91st Academy Awards - Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

 

After a chaotic lead up to the 91st Academy Awards that was fraught with controversy—the host-less Oscars turned out to be a success and Hollywood breathed a sigh of relief.

The Academy voted for films that celebrated diversity, characters outside of the mainstream struggling to fit in, courage in the face of injustice, friendship, greater understanding between perceived enemies, and films that showcased compassion and love for our cultural differences.

In Alfonso Cuarón’s words: “Our job as artists is to look where others don’t.”

For those who have ambitions to win an Academy Award, based on this year’s winner’s list, the message is loud and clear—dare to include the stories of those we have not seen or rarely ever see in film, deliver a message that promotes greater compassion, focus on universal stories which transcend language and culture, and make a film that is a heart-string-pulling tear-jerker, which is genuinely personal to you, beyond any vacuous need for a golden statuette.

91st Academy Awards (2019) - Spike Lee accepts his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for  BlacKkKlansman  from his friend Samuel L. Jackson - Courtesy of the ABC

91st Academy Awards (2019) - Spike Lee accepts his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman from his friend Samuel L. Jackson - Courtesy of the ABC

The reason why Green Book won Best Picture and BlacKkKlansman didn’t has less to do with the current argument on Twitter and more to do with the simple fact that: in the end, only the heart will matter. Not the angst, not the arguments, not the intellectual gymnastics that the internet likes to have about art.

What we as human beings are geared towards are feelings and we are moved by them more than logic or ethics. Though, to be clear, this is not to say Lee’s film wasn’t more masterful—intellectually and cinematically. However, the movie that won was the one that was more heart-centred. In the end, that’s the only thing that connects us and that’s what won out.

Here is the 91st Academy Awards Full Winners list and the best quotes from every speech:

Best Supporting Actress

Regina King in  If Beale Street Could Talk  (2018) - dir. Barry Jenkins - Annapurna Pictures

Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) - dir. Barry Jenkins - Annapurna Pictures

James Baldwin birthed this baby, and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support. So, it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love are poured into someone.
— Regina King

Regina King — If Beale Street Could Talk — WINNER

Amy Adams — Vice

Marina de Tavira — Roma

Emma Stone — The Favourite

Rachel Weisz — The Favourite

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo  (2018) - Jimmy Chin/National Geographic

Free Solo (2018) - Jimmy Chin/National Geographic

Thank you for hiring women and people of colour because we only make the films better.
— Elizabeth chai vasarhelyi

Free Solo — Jimmy Chin — WINNER

Hale County This Morning — Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyis

Minding the Gap — Bing Liu

Of Fathers and Sons — Talal Derki

RBG, Betsy West — Julie Cohen

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Christian Bale in  Vice  (2018) - Annapurna

Christian Bale in Vice (2018) - Annapurna

Thank you Amy Adams for bringing us up to your level of commitment.
— Kate Biscoe

Vice — Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney — WINNER

Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer — Border

Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks — Mary Queen of Scots

Achievement in Costume Design

Chadwick Boseman in  Black Panther  (2018) - Marvel Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (2018) - Marvel Entertainment

Thank you for honouring African royalty and the way women can look and be honoured on screen.
— Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter — Black Panther — WINNER (The first African-American woman to win)

Mary Zophres — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Sandy Powell — The Favourite

Sandy Powell — Mary Poppins Returns

Alexandra Byrne — Mary Queen of Scots

Best Production Design

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is flanked by Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba), two members of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Black Panther (2018) - Marvel/Disney

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is flanked by Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba), two members of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Black Panther (2018) - Marvel/Disney

I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler, who not only made me a better designer, storyteller, a better person. This man offered me a different perspective of life. He offered me a safe space, was patient, and gave me air, humanity, and brotherhood.
— Hannah Beachler

Hannah Beachler — Black Panther — WINNER (The first African-American woman to win)

Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas — First Man

Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton — The Favourite

John Myhre and Gordon Sim — Mary Poppins Returns

Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enrquez — Roma

Cinematography

Alfonso Cuarón behind the scenes on  Roma  - Courtesy of Netflix

Alfonso Cuarón behind the scenes on Roma - Courtesy of Netflix

To create a single frame of film, as you know, requires the hard work of a lot of people.
— Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón — Roma — WINNER

Lukasz Zal — Cold War

Robbie Ryan — The Favourite

Caleb Deschanel — Never Look Away

Matthew Libatique — A Star Is Born

Achievement in Sound Editing

Rami Malek in  Bohemian Rhapsody  (2018) - 20th Century Fox/New Regency

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - 20th Century Fox/New Regency

Really, this was an honour. We got to work with Queen for our day job, which was wonderful.
— John warhurst

John Warhurst — Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER

Benjamin A Burtt, Steve Boeddeker — Black Panther

Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan — First Man

Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl — A Quiet Place

Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay — Roma

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Rami Malek in  Bohemian Rhapsody  (2018) - 20th Century Fox/New Regency

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - 20th Century Fox/New Regency

Shout out to Brian May and Rodger Taylor. Thank you so much for your music, and your collaboration, and your support.
— Tim Cavigin

Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER

Black Panther

First Man

Roma

A Star Is Born

Best Foreign Language Film

Roma  (2018) - Netflix

Roma (2018) - Netflix

I grew up watching foreign language films, learning so much from them, being inspired. Films like ‘Citizen Kane’, ‘Jaws’. And there are no waves, there’s only an ocean. I think the nominees tonight have proven that we are all part of the same ocean.
— Alfonso Cuarón

Roma — Mexico — WINNER

Capernaum — Lebanon

Cold War — Poland

Never Look Away — Germany

Shoplifters — Japan

Best Film Editing

Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee in  Bohemian Rhapsody  (2018) - 20th Century Fox

Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - 20th Century Fox

As Freddie’s father would say: ‘Good thoughts, good words, good deeds.’
— John Ottman

John Ottman — Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER

Barry Alexander Brown — BlacKkKlansman

Patrick J. Don Vito — Green Book

Yorgos Mavropsaridis — The Favourite

Hank Corwin — Vice

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson in  Green Book  (2018)  -  Universal Pictures

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson in Green Book (2018) - Universal Pictures

I want to dedicate this to my grandmother who has been in my ear my entire life telling me that,’If at first I don’t succeed, try, try again.’ That I can do anything I put my mind to. Always, always pushing me to think positively.
— Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali — Green Book — WINNER

Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born

Richard E Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell — Vice

Best Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  (2018) - Sony Pictures Entertainment

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Sony Pictures Entertainment

800 filmmakers took risks to make people feel powerful and seen. So when we hear that somebody’s kid was watching the movie and turned to them and said, ‘He looks like me,’ or ‘They speak Spanish,’ we feel like we’ve already won.
— christopher miller

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman — WINNER

Incredibles 2 — Brad Bird

Isle of Dogs — Wes Anderson

Mamoru Hosoda — Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet — Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Best Animated Short

Bao  (2018) - Pixar/Disney

Bao (2018) - Pixar/Disney

To all of the nerdy girls who hide behind their sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your stories to the world.
— DOMEE SHI

Bao — Domee Shi — WINNER

Animal Behaviour — Alison Snowden and David Fine

Late Afternoon — Louise Bagnall

One Small Step — Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

Weekends — Trevor Jimenez

Best Documentary Short Subject

Period. End of Sentence  - Courtesy of G6 Pictures

Period. End of Sentence - Courtesy of G6 Pictures

I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!
— rayka zehtabchi

Period. End of Sentence — Rayka Zehtabchi — WINNER

Black Sheep — Ed Perkins

End Game — Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein

Lifeboat — Skye Fitzgerald

A Night at the Garden — Marshall Curry

Achievement in Visual Effects

Ryan Gosling in  First Man  (2018) - Universal

Ryan Gosling in First Man (2018) - Universal

What a truly magnificent moment. We did things a bit differently on First Man. So, being recognised by the Academy is extra special.
— paul lambert

First Man — WINNER

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Live Action Short Film

Lonnie Chavis and Jackson Robert Scott in  Skin  (2018) - Guy Nattiv

Lonnie Chavis and Jackson Robert Scott in Skin (2018) - Guy Nattiv

My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and the bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust; we see that everywhere in America, in Europe. And this film is about education. It’s about teaching your kids a better way.
— Guy Nattiv

Skin — Guy Nattiv — WINNER

Detainment — Vincent Lambe

Fauve — Jeremy Comte

Marguerite — Marianne Farley

Mother — Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Best Original Screenplay

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson in  Green Book  (2018) -   Universal Pictures

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson in Green Book (2018) - Universal Pictures

They say if you want to go somewhere fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
— peter farrelly

Green Book — Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly — WINNER

The Favourite — Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

First Reformed — Paul Schrader

Roma — Alfonso Cuaron

Vice — Adam McKay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Laura Harrier and John David Washington in Spike Lee's  BlacKkKlansman  (2018)  -  Focus Features

Laura Harrier and John David Washington in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman (2018) - Focus Features

Before the world tonight, I give praise to my ancestors who helped build this country and what it is today —alone with the genocide of its native people. If we all connect with our ancestors, for love, wisdom and regaining our humanity, it will be a powerful moment.
— Spike lee

BlacKkKlansman — Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee — WINNER

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

If Beale Street Could Talk — Barry Jenkins

A Star Is Born — Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Best Original Score

Chadwick Boseman in  Black Panther  (2018) - Marvel Studios

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (2018) - Marvel Studios

We’re here celebrating one of the most important cinematic moments in history.
— Ludwig Goransson

Ludwig Goransson — Black Panther — WINNER

Terence Blanchard — BlacKkKlansman

Nicholas Britell — If Beale Street Could Talk

Alexandre Desplat — Isle of Dogs

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song

Lady Gaga in  A Star Is Born  (2018) - Warner Bros.

Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018) - Warner Bros.

This is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. And it’s not about winning. What it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down, or beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up, and are brave, and you keep on going.
— Lady gaga

‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice — WINNER

‘All The Stars’ from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

‘I'll Fight’ from RBG by Diane Warren and Jennifer Hudson

‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

‘When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings’ from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best Lead Actor

Rami Malek in  Bohemian Rhapsody  (2018) - 20th Century Fox Searchlight/New Regency

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - 20th Century Fox Searchlight/New Regency

We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically (as) himself. And the fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight, is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.
— Rami malek

Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER

Christian Bale — Vice

Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe — At Eternity's Gate

Viggo Mortensen — Green Book

Best Lead Actress

Olivia Coleman in  The Favourite  (2018) - Fox Searchlight

Olivia Coleman in The Favourite (2018) - Fox Searchlight

Any little girl who is practising their speech on the telly—you never know!
— Olivia colman

Olivia Colman — The Favourite — WINNER

Yalitza Aparicio — Roma

Glenn Close — The Wife — WINNER

Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Director

Roma  (2018) - Courtesy of Netflix

Roma (2018) - Courtesy of Netflix

I want to thank the Academy for recognising a film centred around an indigenous woman, one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights. A character that historically had been relegated to the background in cinema. Our job as artists is to look where others don’t.
— Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuaron — Roma — WINNER

Spike Lee — BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski — Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos — The Favourite

Adam McKay — Vice

Best Picture

Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali in  Green Book  (2018)  -  Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018) - Courtesy of Universal Pictures

We made this film with love, tenderness, and respect.
— peter farrelly

Green Book — WINNER

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice


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