The Favourite Wasn’t The Favourite
With ten nominations, and a slew of BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG trophies under its belt this award season, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite was a hot fave when it came to many of last night’s gongs. Instead it walked away with just one, for UK national treasure Olivia Colman.
Highly tipped to go to seven-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close, it was a true surprise when Colman’s name was read out for best actress. Holding back tears on stage, the former Peep Show star said: ‘It's genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I've got an Oscar!’ The win makes her the first British woman to win the prize since Kate Winslet in 2009. Colman was up against Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).
Best Picture Scooped Shock Of The Night
The biggest surprise of the night came as Green Book was announced as this year’s best picture. Widely tipped to be won by Netflix’s Roma – followed by The Favourite – Peter Farrelly’s film about the Deep South in the 1960s starred Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer/driver and Mahershala Ali as African-American jazz musician Don Shirley. The film’s win was bolstered by Ali’s performance, for which he won his second best supporting actor award in three years (he also won for Moonlight in 2017).
Green Book’s win wasn’t only a shock because of the stiff competition. Following its release, many critics took offence to the fact that Mortensen’s character appears as a ‘white saviour’, and Shirley’s family has distanced itself from the project. Asked after the ceremony about Green Book's best picture win, Spike Lee, director of best adapted screenplay winner BlacKkKlansman, said ‘the ref made a bad call’. The Do The Right Thing director walked out of the ceremony when it was announced Green Book had won the most coveted award.
Bohemian Rhapsody Defied Critics
Panned by critics but loved by audiences, Bohemian Rhapsody’s most important win went to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury (he was up against Christian Bale for Vice, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity's Gate, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born). ‘I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would have been blown,’ he said in his acceptance speech. ‘That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out, and to anyone struggling and trying to discover their voice – listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself. And the fact I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we're longing for stories like this.’ The film ended up the biggest winner of the night, also scooping awards for best editing, best sound and best sound mixing. Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, opened the ceremony with a medley of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions.
There Was No Obvious Overall Winner
Although Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards on the night, there was no one film that dominated the event. The Queen biopic was followed by Roma, which won three awards for best foreign language film, best cinematography and best director for Alfonso Curaron; and Marvel flick Black Panther, which won three for best production design, best costume design and best soundtrack. In doing so, history was made as the awards recognised its first black winners in the costume design and production design categories.
Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper Stole The Show
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born was up for five nominations. However, it only ended up winning one, for best original song. Given that the film’s soundtrack has become a playlist favourite among most people who’ve seen the film, we’re not surprised. Written by Lady Gaga, the singer performed winning song Shallow with co-star Cooper during the ceremony. The passionate, up-close live performance went on to create a Twitter-storm about how their respective partners might be feeling.
The Red Carpet Was Pink
Following last year’s Time’s Up campaign – where most actresses wore black on the red carpet – this year saw a bit of divergence, with many opting for a pink hue.
Read on for SL’s pick of the best dressed….
Who? Ashley Graham
The label: Zac Posen
Why we love it? Sometimes it pays off to go simple. Ashley looked beautiful in a Zac Posen form-fitting black gown and old school Hollywood jewels as she worked the red-carpet interviewing attendees.
Who? Charlize Theron
The label: Dior
Why we love it? Charlize often goes for all-out golden glamour but looked equally stunning and so demure in this blue-grey Dior gown. The rolled cuffs, shoulder pleats and show stopping low-cut back kept the look Oscar-worthy.
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Who? Emma Roberts
The label: Yanina Couture
Why we love it? Decked from head to toe in this embellished, flesh-toned gown, we’re obsessing over Emma’s after party look. Barely-there Louboutin’s, simple hair and a smudgy just-been-kissed red lip completed the look perfectly.
Who? Gemma Chan
Why we love it? It takes some balls to wear Barbie pink, full-length tiers and high-neck ruffles on the red carpet, but if anyone can pull it off its Gemma. Rarely getting it wrong but not afraid to push the sartorial envelope, we absolutely love her look.
Who? Kate Bosworth
The label: Nguyen Cong Tri
Why we love it? Kate always pulls it out the bag when it comes to red carpet looks and this canary yellow gown is no exception. An unusual choice – Kate wore Vietnamese couture designer Nguyen Cong Tri, who only showed his first collection at New York Fashion Week this year, but a stunning one, nonetheless.
Who? Lady Gaga
The label: Alexander McQueen and Tiffany & Co. jewels
Why we love it? If anyone can pull off arm rests on a dress, it’s Gaga. In black that proved anything but boring, the whole look was topped off with one of the largest (and most expensive) yellow diamond necklaces in the world – and the exact one that Audrey Hepburn wore in the promotional pictures for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sheer Hollywood glamour.
Who? Lupita Nyong
The label: Oscar de la Renta
Why we love it? Usually opting for bold, bright colour, Lupita chose a white Oscar de la Renta show stopper this year. The one-shoulder, short-front hemline and black belt kept the look modern despite all the feathers.
Who? Letitia Wright
The label: Dior
Why we love it? While the Brit newcomer wasn’t herself a nominee, Black Panther, which she stars in, was up for no less than six awards. Her champagne-hued gown with pretty blush pink print and Cartier jewels proves she’s going to be one to watch both on the big screen and the red carpet for some time.
Who? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The label: Versace
Why we love it? Rosie stunned in silver at the Vanity Fair after party. The form fitting Versace dress with off-shoulder details and sexy high slit was perfectly pared back with what Rosie does best – polished beauty and slick hair.
Who? Winnie Harlow
The label: Unknown
Why we love it? Winnie delivered the drama at the Vanity Fair after show party. A dream in blush pink ruffles and diamante shoes – a modern Cinderella moment.