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Breaking Down The 91st Oscar Results

It doesn’t feel like we’re no longer in awards season, does it? And yet, on Friday I’ll reveal my year in advance Oscar predictions for 2020. Crazy, I know. Still, before we fully look forward, I want to continue coverage of the 91st Academy Awards. Today and tomorrow will be the last of it before we more or less close the book on the season, so if you’re tired of thinking about Green Book’s win, fear not. However, if you’re still delighting in the results, we’ve got some more goodness in store for you. For this afternoon’s post, I wanted to look at the actual results of the show and talk about the winners a bit.

Best Picture went to Green Book, overcoming Roma in the process. In all likelihood, preferential balloting came into play here. I mentioned this possibility last week when breaking down the Picture race, writing the following: “We could be overthinking it, and Roma wins on the first ballot, but preferential voting looms as a bugaboo here. If it doesn’t win on that first shot, I don’t think it ends up winning. What wins instead is up for debate, but the process could be what helps or hurts here.” I think followed it up with this about Green Book: “It won’t win on the first ballot, but if Roma doesn’t have enough number one votes, it’ll be ready and waiting to swoop in.” That’s exactly what happened. Is it a safe pick by the Academy? Sure. At the same time, the film is better than its detractors suggest, if not one of the more inspired selections voters could have made. It may even be one of the weakest winners ever. Still, it’s this year’s Best Picture, according to Oscar.

In Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress, the presumed frontrunners ended up taking their categories. Alfonso Cuaron won Director for Roma, Rami Malek won Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, Mahershala Ali won Supporting Actor for Green Book, and Regina King won Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk. Speculation had emerged that an upset could be looming in either of the Supporting categories, but it was not to be. That upset would come elsewhere…

The big shock of the night was in Best Actress. Glenn Close had long been seen as the inevitable winner for The Wife, fighting back an early surge of support for Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. Instead, coming on the heels of a BAFTA win, Olivia Colman pulled the upset for her work in The Favourite. It was a genuinely surprising moment, something that Oscar viewers feed on. It was a shame for Close, though a delight to see an inspired choice such as Colman pull off the come from behind victory.

The Screenplay categories offered a glimpse at how this Academy is a divided one. In Best Original Screenplay, The Favourite fell short, with Green Book winning. A safe and boring choice in a category that often rewards bold creativity. However, in Best Adapted Screenplay, where the inverse is true, the voters within the Academy finally gave Spike Lee a competitive Oscar. He won Adapted for co-writing BlacKkKlansman, leading to one of the best moments of the night, as he jumped into presenter Samuel L. Jackson’s arms in celebration.

Below the line, it was a celebration of Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody. Each took three technical categories, with the former winning Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. The latter emerged victorious in Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. First Man and Vice were the other tech winners, taking Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, respectively, along with A Star Is born scoring in Best Original Song. No real shocks here, though its arguable that Black Panther over performed, while something like The Favourite underperformed below the line.

In a handy spot, here is how all of the films that won Oscars did, total wise:

Bohemian Rhapsody: 4
Black Panther: 3
Green Book: 3
Roma: 3
Bao: 1
BlacKkKlansman: 1
The Favourite: 1
First Man: 1
Free Solo: 1
If Beale Street Could Talk: 1
Period. End of Sentence: 1
Skin: 1
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: 1
A Star Is Born: 1
Vice: 1

Stay tuned for more Oscar coverage this week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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