A night of firsts for most.
The 91st Oscar Awards was nothing short of amazing. The winners, the outcome, and the performances kept viewers cheering, inspired, and emotional. This is the first year where the majority of the award winners for acting were people of color.
This year’s ceremony honored some first-time award winners, as famed director Spike Lee won his first Oscar, in his career spanning over 30 years, for the Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. Regina King also won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. Lady Gaga not only stunned the audience with her performance of “Shallow” (with co-star Bradley Cooper) from the film, A Star is Born, but she also won her first Oscar for Best Original Song, for the film.
These weren’t the only big first wins of the night. Ruth E. Carter took home her first win for Best Costume Designer for Black Panther, in which she was the first black woman to win this award. Hannah Bleacher, who was one of two production designers for Black Panther, also won her first Oscar and was the first black woman to win for Best Production Design. Ludwig Göransson won his first Oscar for Best Original Score for Black Panther and Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, is the first generation Egyptian-American to win Best Actor.
Green Book was the shocking and controversial movie awarded that night, taking home Best Original Screenplay and Mahershala Ali taking Best Supporting Actor. The film was met with some shock, excitement, and dismay when the film won Best Picture. Many felt the film shouldn’t be awarded for its historical inaccuracy and the disapproval from the family. Spike Lee, who’s film BlacKkKlansman was also nominated, walked out after Green Book was announced as the winner.
You can check out the full list of winners at the Oscars official website!