What was awesome: Wins for diversity and stories of minorities
Continuing from the huge strides made at last year’s awards ceremony, it was impossible, with diverse stories driven by minorities taking home numerous awards of the night.
Black Panther claimed two prestigious awards in Costume and Production design.
”I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I’m a first generation American. My story is being written right now.”
Congratulations to Rami Malek for his best actor win at the Oscars. Your win is so important. pic.twitter.com/pKmOI6wYz2
— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) February 25, 2019
Rami Malek, won Best Actor for his role as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, a story about – as Rami put it himself – a gay immigrant living life unapologetically. Olivia Coleman won Best Actress for The Favorite, a female-driven film about the relationships between women.
Bao won Best Animated Short; Into The Spiderverse won Best Animated Feature. Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish-language masterpiece Roma won him Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film.
A documentary about women fighting the the stigma of menstruation in India won Best Documentary.
BlacKkKlansman won Spike Lee his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Even with The Green Book‘s controversial Best Picture win, it’s hard not to feel encouraged by the way the night turned out.
If anything, this shows how face of Hollywood is changing into something more inclusive, as it reflects our own evolving consciousness and need for diversity and recognition. We want to hear the stories of minorities told, and this will hopefully be a permanent fixture in the entertainment industry.
As the amazing Angela Bassett put it, “this year foreign language films are not just recognised in this (foreign film) category, but in almost every category.”
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 25, 2019
For a full list of nominees and winners, go here.