Since the 91st Academy Awards aired without a host or any planned stunts, the show will be defined by its victors. One was a genuine shocker: Olivia Colman won Best Actress for The Favourite, triumphing over seven-time Oscar loser Glenn Close, who’d been expected to take home a lifetime-achievement award of sorts for The Wife. Spike Lee’s Best Adapted Screenplay win for BlacKkKlansman was a long-overdue trophy. Black Panther’s awards for production design and costume design, both of which went to black women, made history. Regina King, Colman, and Lady Gaga all gave energetic and charming acceptance speeches that are bound to be well remembered. (Jump to the end for a complete list of winners.)
Then came the last two awards: Best Director and Best Picture. The categories ended up reflecting the extreme dichotomy of Sunday’s show, where trophies often went to either acclaimed films with an arty streak (such as If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, and Roma) or more populist material that had been more critically derided (namely Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody). The directing award, presented by Guillermo del Toro, went to Alfonso Cuarón, his third trophy of the night for Roma and his fifth overall. Best Picture, presented by Julia Roberts, went to Green Book.