Black Panther, Spike Lee Score Big Oscar Wins - The Color Brief February 25
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Hollywood’s awards season came to an end with the 91stAnnual Academy Awards, held at LA’s Dolby Theatre Sunday night. In a stunning display of diversity, the Academy seemed committed to making #OscarsSoWhite a thing of the past.
Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, for his critical favorite BlackKklansman. Regina King and Mahershala Ali took home the Best Supporting Actress and Actor awards.
Hannah Beachler won the prize for Production Design for Black Panther, and Ruth E. Carter, a frequent Spike Lee collaborator, won for the film’s Costume Design, making them the first black women ever to win their respective categories. Black Panther also picked up an Oscar for Best Original Score.
Alfonso Cuaron, thought by many analysts to be a shoe-in for Best Picture, took home three awards for Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Director, all for Roma. This marked Netflix’s first Oscar wins for a feature film.
On the performance front, Jennifer Hudson sang a stirring rendition of “I’ll Fight” from the nominated documentary RBG.
This year’s ceremony was also notable for who wasn’t there – it was the first host-less Oscars telecast in 30 years and was well-received by critics. Viewers approved too – initial ratings were up 6% from last year.
In other news…
The Independent Spirit Awards were held Saturday and Barry Jenkins was the night’s big winner. If Beale Street Could Talk was named Best Feature, Regina King won Best Supporting Actress here as well, and Jenkins was named Best Director. Sorry To Bother You was awarded Best First Feature.
In a bit of fun historic news, Variety has published its 1957 review of Don Shirley, who’s the subject of last night’s Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book.
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