Three years ago, the #OscarsSoWhite movement highlighted the desperate need for more diversity at the Oscars. This year, things were a lot different, with numerous black winners.
Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Beale Street Could Talk, Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Green Book, Spike Lee won for co-writing BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther’s costume designer Ruth Carter became the first black woman to win in her category, and her colleague, Hannah Beachler won the production design Academy Award, another first for a black woman.
King gave a teary acceptance speech. “It’s appropriate for me to be standing here, because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” said King. “God is good, all the time.”
Ali said: “Trying to capture Dr Shirley’s essence pushed me to my ends.”
See the full list of winners:
Best Picture: Green Book
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Original Screenplay: Green Book
Adapted Screenplay: BlackKklansman
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Visual Effects: First Man
Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Animated Short: Bao
Live Action Short: Skin
Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence.
Original Score: Black Panther
Original Song: “Shallow” from A Star Is Born
Production Design: Black Panther
Costume Design: Black Panther
Makeup and Hairstyling: Vice
Documentary Feature: Free Solo
Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
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