Universal Pictures’ film Green Book, about race relations in the US South in the early 1960s, was crowned best picture of 2018 at the 91st Academy Awards.
This triumph dashed Netflix’s hopes that Roma would garner the streaming giant’s first top Oscar.
The film is based on a true story of friendship between working-class Italian-American bouncers who becomes a driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South.
Mahershala Ali plays the role of jazz pianist Don Shirley in the Peter Farrelly-directed biographical drama.
It received its fair share of criticism and controversy, including over whether it is the latest in a stream of “white saviour” movies, but the stars and the film’s team have vigorously defended it.
Mahershala won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in the film.
He took the stage, where he first thanked the man he portrayed, saying:
“Trying to capture Dr Shirley’s essence pushed me to my ends, which is a reflection of the person that he was and the life that he lived, and I thank him.”
He proceeded to thank his co-star Viggo Mortensen, along with Farrelly, before dedicating the award to his grandmother, who “has been in my ear my entire life telling me, if at first, I don’t succeed, try try again”.
Here is the full Winners list of Oscars 2019:
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Shallow – A Star Is Born
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Film Editing
Best Animated Short
Best Short Documentary
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Heartiest congratulations to all the winners!