The biggest night in Tinseltown has wound up with four Oscar wins for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a triple for Marvel’s Black Panther and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In a somewhat historical night for populist cinema, Black Panther has become the first film to win Marvel Studio’s the highly coveted award – not only once but three times – having been nominated in seven categories.
Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster scooped the accolade in the Costume Design category, alongside Best Production Design in a Motion Picture and a third win in the Best Score in a Motion Picture.
The film’s wins not only flew the flag for pop culture cinema, something supported by the very fact that Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse took home the Best Animated Feature Film award, but made history when Black Panther’s costume designer, Ruth Carter became the first black woman to ever win in the category.
“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design we turned him into an African king,” said Carter in her acceptance speech.
“It’s been my life’s honour to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you for honouring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen. Adding vibrainaum to costumes is very expensive.”
Black Panther also picked up the Oscar for Best Production Design in a Motion Picture. The award was picked up by Production Designer Hannah Beachler and Set Decorator Jay Hart. Once again in making history for Marvel, Beachler is the first black artist to win the Production Design award.
Finally, it was composer Ludwig Goransson – of previous projects with Coogler such as Fruitvale Station and Creed – and a producer for acts like Childish Gambino, Haim and Chance the Rapper, who accepted the film’s award in the BEst Score in a Motion Picture.
But it was the Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody that led the 2019 event, taking four Oscar wins including a Best Actor trophy for Rami Malek and his portrayal of the iconic Freddie Mercury.
The film also took home awards for Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.
Lady Gaga walked away with a Bst Original Song statuette for Shallow from A Star is Born and Britain’s very own Olivia Coleman broke hearts with her acceptance speech for the Best Leading Actress win for her role in The Favourite.