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Oscars 2019: 'Green Book' surprises as Best Picture winner, halts 'Roma' wave

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Los Angeles: Biographical drama "Green Book", the story of an unlikely friendship across racial divides, upstaged Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" to bag Best Picture Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards, which spread its four top awards across four different films.  Cuaron bagged the Oscar for Best Director while Olivia Colman got the Best Actress win for "The Favourite" and Rami Malek Best Actor for his turn as Queen musician Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody".

The glittering ceremony, which went hostless for only the second time since 1989, began on a predictable note here Sunday evening but the Best Picture and Best Actress awards proved that anything can happen at the Oscars. The India connect came with "Period. End of Sentence", set in a village in western Uttar Pradesh's Hapur district, walking away with Documentary Short win. The year's best film "Green Book", about the relationship between a black musician and his white driver, is backed by Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Entertainment's Amblin Entertainment.  It also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay.

"This is about loving each other despite our differences and finding out about the truth of who we are, we are the same people," director-producer Peter Farrelly said in his speech.

Best Movie: Peter Farrelly, center, and the cast and crew of "Green Book" accept the award for Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

British actor Colman edged out frontrunner Glenn Close ("The Wife") with her portrayal of temperamental Queen Anne in "The Favourite".

She was gracious in her shining moment and acknowledged Close in her speech.

"...And to be in this category with these extraordinary women. And Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be. And I think you're amazing and I love you very much," she said.

Olivia Colman bags Best Actress Oscar for 'The Favourite'

Best Actor and Actress: Rami Malek, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Bohemian Rhapsody", left, kisses Olivia Colman, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "The Favourite", in the press room at the Oscars

British actor Olivia Colman, as temperamental Queen Anne in "The Favourite", bested Hollywood veteran Glenn Close to win her maiden Best Actress Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards here. Colman and Close, nominated for her role of a bitter wife to a literary giant in "The Wife, were in a neck-and-neck fight for the coveted golden knight.

Colman gave a nod to fellow nominee Close, who was a favourite in the category, and said she did not want to win an Oscar while her "idol" lost.

"It is genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious, I have got an Oscar! To be in this category with these extraordinary women. Glenn Close, you have been my idol for so long. This is not how I wanted it to be. I love you all," she said in her acceptance.

India-set short film 'Period. End of Sentence' wins Oscar

India short film: Melissa Berton, left, and Rayka Zehtabchi pose with the award for best documentary short subject for "Period. End of Sentence."
in the press room at the Oscars.

A film on menstruation, set in rural India, titled "Period. End of Sentence," has won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards.
Award-winning filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi has directed the short film, which has been produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment. The film came to into being as a part of The Pad Project, started by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.

"I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything. I can't believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar," Zehtabchi said in her acceptance speech. She also gave a nod to Monga.

 "Guneet Monga - know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality," she added.  Dedicating the award to her school, Berton said the project was born because her students in LA and people in India wanted to make a "human rights difference".

"I share this award with the Feminist Majority Foundation, the entire team and cast. I share this with the teachers and students around the worlds - a period should end a sentence, not a girl's education," she said. The documentary feature is set in Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron poses with the awards for best director for "Roma", best foreign language film for "Roma", and best cinematography for "Roma"

Spike Lee 'furious' over 'Green Book' Best Picture Oscar win
Spike Lee may have ended his own long enduring wait for Oscar glory with his Best Adapted Screenplay win for "BlacKkKlansman" but the director made it clear that he was not happy with "Green Book" winning Best Picture honour.

At the 91st Academy Awards, the Peter Farrelly-directed film, featuring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the lead, edged out the likes of "Roma", "Vice", "The Favourite" and "Vice" to bag the top honour of the night. According to Deadline, Lee, whose film "BlacKkKlansman" was also nominated in the category, attempted to storm out of the Dolby Theatre after it was announced that "Green Book" has won the award.

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