Olivia Colman was the Oscar favourite after all, as Green Book upsets Roma

The 91st Academy Awards have thrown up a couple of surprises in a night that otherwise followed the predictions to a tee.

The early categories saw Black Panther – the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture – collect enough technical awards to ensure that the Academy could feel it had been suitably recognised; it won for costume, production design and original score.

The early awards season favourite, A Star is Born, left with only one statuette, but it was probably the one its star Lady Gaga most wanted anyway – Best Original Song, for Shallow, co-written by the British producer Mark Ronson.

Roma, as expected, converted three of its nominations to Oscars – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón.

Olivia Colman has one of The Favourite's 12 BAFTA nominations.
Olivia Colman upset the odds by bringing an Oscar home from Hollywood for her starring role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Regina King, Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek repeated their Golden Globe and SAG Awards success but it was the other acting award where the first shock came; Glenn Close remains the most nominated actress never to have won an Oscar after her role in The Wife, which won her the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild award failed to earn her the top prize, leaving the way open for The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman. “This is hilarious. I’ve got an Oscar,” the stunned British actress – who was first seen in sitcoms such as Peep Show – told the world’s biggest film stars.

The British historical satire went into the night tied with Roma with the most nominations – ten – and left with only Colman’s, but that turned out to be one more than expected on American soil.

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Peter Farrelly's Green Book
The feel-good race relations comedy drama Green Book was unexpectedly named Best Picture at the Oscars

An even bigger surprise came ten minutes later when the show came to an end with the announcement of the Best Picture, which had been expected to go to a foreign language film, Roma, for the first time. But Academy voters unusually split the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars, giving the top prize of the night to the heart-warming race-relations comedy-drama, Green Book.

In addition to Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, Green Book also won Best Original Screenplay for its director Peter Farrelly, co-writing with the real-life son of Viggo Mortensen’s character, while the Best Adapted Screenplay went to Spike Lee for BLACKkKLANSMAN, his first Oscar coming thirty years after his first nomination for writing Do The Right Thing. Reflecting the anti-Trump nature of his film, Lee used his acceptance speech to issue a rallying cry for the Democrats, ahead of next year’s Presidential election.

For many viewers, the show itself was of as much interest as the winners, as the run-up to the event had been plagued by controversy, with U-turns over the Popular Film Oscar and confining a handful of awards to the ad-breaks to save time and the inability to retain a host leading to the first Oscars show in 30 years to proceed without a host.

In the event, the show went ahead fronted only by a string of celebrities presenting each segment, but the opening segment – longer than the others – was presented by the former Golden Globe pairing of Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler, along with fellow comedian Maya Rudolph, whose routine – including “we are not your hosts” and “we won’t be presenting awards during the commercials, but we will be presenting commercials during the awards” amounted to an opening monologue in all but name.

And here is the full list of this year’s Oscar winners:

Best Picture
■ BlacKkKlansman
■ Black Panther
■ Bohemian Rhapsody
■ The Favourite
WINNER: Green Book
■ Roma
■ A Star Is Born
■ Vice

Best Actor
■ Christian Bale – Vice
■ Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
■ Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
WINNER: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
■ Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best Actress
■ Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
■ Glenn Close – The Wife
WINNER: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
■ Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
■ Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
■ Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
■ Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
■ Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
■ Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Supporting Actress
■ Amy Adams – Vice
■ Marina de Tavira – Roma
WINNER: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
■ Emma Stone – The Favourite
■ Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Director
WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
■ Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
■ Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
■ Adam McKay – Vice
■ Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Best Adapted Screenplay
■ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
WINNER: BlacKkKlansman
■ Can You Ever Forgive Me?
■ If Beale Street Could Talk
■ A Star Is Born

Best Original Screenplay
■ The Favourite
■ First Reformed
WINNER: Green Book
■ Roma
■ Vice

Best Foreign Language Film
■ Capernaum – Lebanon
■ Cold War – Poland
■ Never Look Away – Germany
WINNER: Roma – Mexico
■ Shoplifters – Japan

Best Original Song
■ All The Stars – Black Panther
■ I’ll Fight – RGB
■ The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
WINNER: Shallow – A Star Is Born
■ When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Original Score
■ BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
WINNER: Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
■ If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
■ Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
■ Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Best Animated Feature
■ Incredibles 2
■ Isle of Dogs
■ Mirai
■ Ralph Breaks the Internet
WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: Free Solo
■ Hale County This Morning, This Evening
■ Minding the Gap
■ Of Fathers and Sons

Best Cinematography
■ Cold War
■ The Favourite
■ Never Look Away
■ A Star Is Born

Best Costume Design
■ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
WINNER: Black Panther – Ruth E Carter
■ The Favourite – Sandy Powell
■ Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
■ Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Best Make-up and Hairstyling
■ Border
■ Mary Queen of Scots

Best Production Design
WINNER: Black Panther
■ The Favourite
■ First Man
■ Mary Poppins Returns
■ Roma

Best Visual Effects
■ Avengers: Infinity War
■ Christopher Robin
WINNER: First Man
■ Ready Player One
■ Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing
■ BlacKkKlansman
WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody
■ The Favourite
■ Green Book
■ Vice

Best Sound Editing
■ Black Panther
WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody
■ First Man
■ A Quiet Place
■ Roma

Best Sound Mixing
■ Black Panther
WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody
■ First Man
■ Roma
■ A Star Is Born

Best Animated Short
■ Animal Behaviour
■ Late Afternoon
■ One Small Step
■ Weekends

Best Live Action Short
■ Detainment
■ Fauve
■ Marguerite
■ Mother

Best Documentary Short
■ Black Sheep
■ End Game
■ Lifeboat
■ A Night at the Garden
WINNER: Period. End of Sentence.



Best Actor – Rami Malek

Film Editing

Sound editing

Sound mixing


Best Picture

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali

Best original screenplay


Director – Alfonso Cuaron


Foreign Language



Production Design

Original Score


Best Actress Olivia Colman


Best Supporting Actress – Regina King


Hair and make-up


Visual Effects