Oscars 2019: The highlights

Olivia Coleman

Olivia Coleman took home the best actress award for her role in The Favourite. Image: Getty.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Historic wins for black actors, a surprise victory for Olivia Coleman, and a new host-less format - this year’s Oscars will be remembered in more ways than one.

Olivia Coleman captured hearts across the world for her tearful acceptance speech for the best actress award, becoming the first British actress to do so since Kate Winslet in 2009.

The Favourite star thanked everyone from her husband to Lady Gaga, and captured hearts across the world for blowing a raspberry after being told to wrap up her speech.

Coleman also apologised to Glenn Close, who was widely expected to take the best actress award for her role in The Wife  but instead went home with the unenviable record of seven nominations without a win.


Historic firsts

Rami Malek, Olivia Coleman, Mahershala Ali and Regina King

Rami Malek, Olivia Coleman, Regina King and Mahershala Ali with their awards. Image: Getty. 

Last night’s ceremony made history when three of the four acting categories were won by non-white actors - Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali and Regina King.

Malek was clearly swept off his feet by the excitement of winning the best actor gong - the Bohemian Rhapsody star had to be attended to by paramedics after he apparently fell off the stage.

Ali won the best supporting actor for Green Book, becoming the first black actor to have won the award twice after 2017’s Moonlight.

Green Book also took home the best picture prize, although it has been blighted by controversy after co-writer and producer Nick Vallelonga had to apologise for an anti-Muslim tweet, and director, writer and producer Peter Farrelly faced historic allegations of inappropriate behaviour on set.

Black Panther made history when two of its crew members, Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler, became the first black winners of the costume design and production design prizes.  

Meanwhile Spike Lee finally won a competitive oscar for BlacKkKlansman, taking the chance to make an impassioned call to action ahead of next year’s presidential elections.


New format

Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off the evening with a humorous sketch. Image: Getty. 

The ceremony also made history for shaking up its traditional format, after comedian Kevin Hart was forced to step down from the role after allegations of homophobia.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph got things rolling with a skit poking fun at many of the A-Listers present, with each category then presented by a different star.

Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, opened the show with a rendition of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions in a nod to Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.