The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just finished handing out their awards for 2018, with Green Book unexpectedly taking the top prize away from frontrunner "Roma." The film also received Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).
I wish I could say that it had been a really good evening, but it's more than fair to say that a multitude of categories went in a most bizarre and inexplicable direction. For example, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, two awards that should have been easy wins for "The Favourite," randomly ended up going to "Black Panther." This is a perplexing case where, if your eyeballs are functioning properly, the winner is beyond obvious, but alas The Academy was unable to make the distinction.
Other questionable winners include "Bohemian Rhapsody" for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing, choices that were met with immediate ridicule. Winning Best Actor and Best Sound Mixing were understandable, but the other two were particularly odd choices. As a result, it ended up having the most wins with four.
In the other acting categories, history was made this evening when Regina King overcame the odds to win Best Supporting Actress, officially making her the first actor to overcome an outright SAG snub in the guild's 25 years of giving out awards, ergo technically making her win the biggest upset in about that long.
We got another surprise in Best Actress when Olivia Colman unexpectedly beat SAG winner Glenn Close for the honor. It was a bit of a shame to see Close lose once again, but at least this meant that "The Favourite" won at least one of its categories after inexplicably losing in others it should have easily won.
So did "Green Book" really deserve its wins? Well, Ali certainly deserved his second Oscar, but Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay definitely could've gone to better films. The latter is another one that should've easily gone to "The Favourite," while Best Picture should've gone to it as well or the marvelous "Roma." "Green Book" is a pretty good film, but mainly for its performances, which makes it a very strange choice for the top award. Ultimately, it will probably be just another forgotten Best Picture winner in just a year or two.
And so, as we end another long awards season, I find myself having to say once again (something I've sadly had to keep saying for a few years now) that hopefully The Academy will do better with its choices next year. All we can really do is hope.
Please see below for a complete list of this evening's Academy Award winners:
Best Picture: Green Book Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Best Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Best Original Screenplay: Green Book Best Adapted Screenplay: Blackkklansman Best Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Best Production Design: Black Panther Best Costume Design: Black Panther Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Vice Best Original Score: Black Panther Best Original Song: "Shallow," A Star is Born Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody Best Visual Effects: First Man Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo Best Foreign Language Film: Roma Best Live Action Short: Skin Best Animated Short: Bao Best Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence.