Road-trip film “Green Book” won the top prize at the 91st Academy Awards Sunday night, with “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek winning best actor, and “The Favourite” star Olivia Colman taking home the prize for best actress, in what many considered to be an upset.
“Green Book” follows the relationship between a black master pianist and gruff New York bouncer who drives him across the 1960s Deep South. Starring “Moonlight” actor Mahershala Ali (who also won for best supporting actor for this film) and Viggo Mortensen.The film also took the Oscar for best original screenplay for Brian Currie, Nick Vallelonga and Peter Farrelly.
Malek, 37, scored Oscar gold for his spot-on portrayal of Queen front man Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was his first-ever Oscar nomination.
Malek thanked Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May, who were sitting in the audience.
“I am forever in your debt,” Malek said. Taylor and May had their own chance to grab the spotlight, when they joined American Idol’s Adam Lambert on stage for a performance of several Queen songs.
But possibly the biggest surprise on Sunday was the victory of Olivia Colman over Glenn Close in the best actress category. Colman, who won for her portrayal of English monarch Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” expressed her own shock on while accepting the award.
“It’s genuinely quite stressful,” she said as she took the stage. “To be in this category with these extraordinary women. Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be,” Colman said.
Close, who has been nominated for seven Oscars in her career but has never won, swept most of the pre-Oscar awards shows for her work in “The Wife.”
Other winners included:
- Actress in a supporting role – Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Best cinematography – “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
- Best costume design – “Black Panther,” Ruth Carter
- Best production design – “Black Panther,” Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
- Best animated feature film – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
- Best original song – “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” music and lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt