"Green Book" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" win big at the Oscars

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Published on February 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:12s

"Green Book" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" win big at the Oscars

The Academy Awards see a shift three years after the #OscarSoWhite controversy.

'Green Book' took best picture while 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Roma', 'BlacKkKlansman' and 'Black Panther' all won awards at a ceremony marked by greater diversity.

Ryan Brooks reports.


"Green Book" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" win big at the Oscars

An up-for-grabs Oscars race was finally settled Sunday (February 24) night, road trip movie 'Green Book' grabbing best picture over strong contenders like 'Black Panther' and Netflix's 'Roma.'

Director Pete Farrelly stepping up to receive the award.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PETER FARRELLY SAYING: "The whole story is about love, it's about loving each other despite our differences." The film also won Mahershala Ali Best Supporting Actor for his role as a black pianist touring the segregated U.S. South.

This year's contest was seen as a win for diversity, celebrating range of racial and cultural perspectives three years after the Oscars were slammed for being too white.

The show kicked off in Los Angeles with a booming performance by rock legends Queen.

American Idol star Adam Lambert now sings in lieu of Freddie Mercury.

And it was a fitting start, the biggest winner for the night turned out to be musical drama 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' a film about the late Queen frontman and his struggles.

It took home four awards, including best actor for Rami Malek.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RAMI MALEK, SAYING: "I am the son of immigrants from Egypt and part of my story is being written right now" But there were no big surprises when it came to best director.

Critic favorite Alfonso Cuaron won the award for 'Roma' based on his early years growing up in Mexico.

'Roma' also took home Best Foreign Language film, a first for Mexico.

But the night wasn't without upsets.

Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her clever performance of Queen Anne in historical film 'The Favourite,' beating out presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in 'The Wife.'

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOR ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE OLIVIA COLMAN, SAYING: "I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job.

I spent a quite a lot of my time imagining this.

Please wrap up?

Right, okay." Best animated film went to 'Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse.'

And Spike Lee won best adapted screenplay for his Ku Klux Klan movie 'BlacKkKLansman.'

This year's awards show was held without a host for the first time in 30 years.

Comedian Kevin Hart bowed out after some past homophobic comments resurfaced, sparking a public backlash.

Organizers filled the show, instead, with powerhouse musical performances, including an emotional duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper singing 'Shallow' from their movie 'A Star is Born,' a song that brought Gaga her first Oscar.

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