As awards season unfolded, seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close was widely-tipped to win Best Actress at the 91st Academy Awards for The Wife. The Fatal Attraction actress ultimately came short to Olivia Colman, who won for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite. The Oscar winner will continue to portray British royalty in the upcoming season of Netflix’s The Crown, starring as Queen Elizabeth II.
After winning Best Actor for Moonlight in 2017, Mahershala Ali took home Best Supporting Actor for Green Book. Mahershala is currently starring in the latest season of the acclaimed HBO series True Detective and can also be seen on the big screen in James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel.
Despite odds falling in favour of Christian Bale winning Best Actor, Rami Malek bagged the Academy Award for his performance as Freddie Mercury in the box-office smash Bohemian Rhapsody. The long-awaited, foot-stomping bio-pic had a troubled road to the screen, but nevertheless triumphed in awards season.
Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, set in 1970s Harlem. Before If Beale Street Could Talk, King was perhaps best known for her television work, starring in the ABC drama American Crime, whilst also having a recurring role as Janine Davis in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
The line between television and film continues to blur, with the four acting Oscar winners each having a prominent presence on the small screen. Whilst Mahershala Ali was accepting his award, the season finale of True Detective was airing on HBO. Regina King has a leading role in the upcoming HBO comic-book series Watchmen. Later in the year, Rami Malek will return for the final season of acclaimed cyber thriller Mr. Robot on USA Network. From a television background, King, Colman and Malek were all first-time Oscar nominees this year.
Every year, there is always some controversy on Hollywood’s biggest night in the calendar. The 91st Academy Awards saved its biggest shock to last, with Green Book beating Roma and BlacKkKlansman to Best Picture. The feelgood comedy drama, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen and directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber), had its share of controversy, with many questioning the legitimacy of the supposedly true story, which focused on the friendship between pianist Don Shirley and his chauffeur Tony Lip.
Netflix’s Roma did however grab the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Mexico’s first win in the category. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children Of Men), the film is inspired by his younger years. Set in Mexico, it tells the story of a domestic worker’s relationship with the family who employs her. Cuarón also won a further two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography, making him a five-time Oscar winner.
Free Solo won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film follows daredevil rock climber Alex Honnold’s death-defying ambition to climb El Capitan (Yosemite National Park), with no safety harness or ropes.