The Best of the 2019 Oscars

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Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody completely stole the show at last night’s 2019 Oscar ceremony taking home four awards including Best Actor for Rami Malek as well as Best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Film Editing. Upon accepting his award Malek thanked his co-star and girlfriend, Lucy Boynton, thanked Queen for allowing him to be the casting choice to play Freddie Mercury and acknowledged he “may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out.”

“I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would have been blown,” Malek continued on a touching and inspiring note.

He explained to the audience, “That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out, and to anyone struggling and trying to discover their voice – listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself. And the fact I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”

“That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out, and to anyone struggling and trying to discover their voice – listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself. And the fact I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”

Olivia Colman was then left stunned by her victory within the Best Actress category for her work in The Favourite, branding her win “hilarious” as she took to the stage to accept the award. While struggling through tears following the announcement of her win, Colman went on to thank those that had contributed to her success.

“It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar!” she exclaimed.

“OK, I have to thank lots of people, if by the way I forget anybody I’m going to find you later and I’m going to give you all a massive snog and I’m really sorry if I might forget now.”

She continued, “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.”

Ticking the boxes on the family front, she thanks her agent Lindy King, her parents and her kids who were at home and watching. Joking in reference to her kids watching, she added,  “Well, if you’re not, then, well done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.”

Finishing on an inspiring note, Colman wrapped up her acceptance speech by adding, “And any little girl who is practising their speech on the telly, you never know. I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job, I did spend quite a lot of my time imagining this.”

“And any little girl who is practising their speech on the telly, you never know. I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job, I did spend quite a lot of my time imagining this.”

The Black Panther team made history with their wins as the first black winners in their category. Ruth Carter took home the award for Best Costume Design while Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart shared the award for Best Production Design. “This has been a long time coming,” Carter exclaimed upon accepting her award.

She continued, “Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design, we turned him into an African king.”

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design we turned him into an African king.”

 

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Co-stars, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga celebrated another win for “A Star Is Born” by performing an intimate rendition of the now Oscar-winning original song, Shallow together. The film was nominated for a total of eight Oscars including best picture, leading actor and leading actress.

Who Wore What:

Choosing a dress for the Oscars is no easy feat. For most, it can take months of building relationships with dream designers, finding the right stylist and determining their ultimate look for the event. Like most, Olivia Colman faced this struggle and as it turns out, her gown of choice has a story behind it. For Colman, she got specific about the designer she wanted, looking to brand values as opposed to specific designs. She wanted something that had a strong, intelligent voice alongside distinctive visual codes. For Colman it was important she went with a designer that had associations that mattered to her. Those associations included family owned, efforts made towards sustainability and preferably, the involvement of a fellow working mother as Colman has three children herself. In the end Prada stole her heart. The end result – a success derived from the team work of Prada, Colman and her trusted and talented stylist, Mary Fellowes, was a sleeveless, A-Line, turtleneck emerald gown made of silk radzimir and finished off with a smoky-grey organza cape with puffed sculpted sleeves. Success on the best dressed list, achieved.

Other notable looks included Lady Gaga’s Alexander McQueen gown accessorised with none other than elbow-length gloves and an eye-watering yellow diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co. Channelling none other than Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn, Gaga proved to the world she’s a true movie star through and through.

Crazy Rich Asians star, Gemma Chan embraced neon trends in Valentino couture, wearing a high-neck fuschia taffeta gown. This awards season Chan has firmly established herself as one of the sartorial power players of the red carpet with unquestionable status as a fashion icon on the rise.

 

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The full list of winners:

Best Picture: Green Book

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Best Leading Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Leading 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 Costume Design: Black Panther

Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Animated Short: Bao

Best Live Action Short: Skin

Best Original Score: Black Panther

Best Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Original Song: Shallow, A Star Is Born

Best Foreign Language Film: Roma

Best Documentary (Short): Period. End of Sentence.

Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo

Best Production Design: Black Panther

Cinematography: Roma

Best Visual Effects: First Man

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Vice

Best Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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