The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorised biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included the best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer in the scintillating movie.
“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,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Brian Harold May, who played his home-built electric guitar for Queen, also was given a notable mention by Rami.
“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.”
The biggest winners
- Bohemian Rhapsody – 4
- Black Panther – 3
- Green Book – 3
- Roma – 3
- An emotional Lady Gaga was among the winners for the best original song prize for Shallow from A Star Is Born after performing an impassioned duet with co-star Bradley Cooper.
- Alfonso Cuaron personally won two prizes for Roma – best director and cinematography – and also accepted the best foreign language trophy. Cuaron also won an Oscar for his film “Gravity”.
- Two Black Panther crew members made Oscar history by becoming the first black winners in the costume design and production design categories, a first for the Academy Awards.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won best-animated feature film, which brought to life the African-American character of Miles Morales.
- Period. End of Sentence. won best short documentary, and director Rayka Zehtabchi said: “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar”, marking a huge first for the awards and the mentality of people all around.
The Oscars could not find the main host this year after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out following a row about homophobic tweets he posted back in the day.
So instead of having the traditional opening monologue, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler appeared to introduce the show as well as presenting the first award.
“We are not your hosts this year but if we had hosted, it probably would have gone like this,” Fey said – before the trio launched into a sketch poking fun at some of the nominees, which is one of the host’s usual chores.
The ceremony continued to rely on a procession of stars presenting individual awards.