The 91st Annual Academy Awards were held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic, took home the most rewards of any film, with four awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Actor for Rami Malek‘s portrayal of Mercury himself.
However, Rhapsody didn’t win the top prize of the night; that went to Green Book, which was also awarded Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali‘s portrayal of real-life classical and jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley.
The evening also came with a few surprises, as per usual. Of course, as previously announced, the ceremony had no host, which was the first time the awards show went on without a designated host since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.
Many expected Glenn Close to receive the first Oscar of her lengthy career Sunday evening for her performance in The Wife, but the award for Best Actress went instead to Olivia Colman for her brilliant depiction of Queen Anne in The Favourite, which came into the night with 10 nominations but only left with one statue. Colman then delighted audiences with her acceptance speech, making it clear she hadn’t expected to win either.
“To be in this category with these extraordinary women and Glenn Close,” Colman stuttered. “You’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of “Shallow” from A Star is Born made waves on social media, particularly the sizzling chemistry between the two stars. The song went on to win Best Original Song, marking Gaga’s first Oscar.
“If you are at home, and you’re sitting on your couch and you’re watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work,” said Gaga in her acceptance speech. “I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about winning. But 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 you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going.”