OSCARS 2019 | LIVE BLOG – as it happened

Good morning/evening/we’re not even sure anymore! Welcome to our Live Blog for the 91st Academy Awards, where you can settle in for a night of Oscar commentary as all the action unfolds. Keep refreshing the page for updates!

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04:23 – Goodnight one and all. Thank you for joining us tonight and here’s to another year of great cinema!

04:20 – The full list:

Actress in a Supporting Role – Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Documentary Feature – Free Solo

Makeup and Hairstyling – Vice

Costume Design – Black Panther

Production Design – Black Panther

Cinematography – Roma

Sound Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Sound Mixing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Foreign-Language Film – Roma

Film Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Actor in a Supporting Role – Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Animated Feature Film – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film – Bao

Documentary Short Subject – Period. End of Sentence

Visual Effects – First Man

Live Action Short Film – Skin

Original Screenplay – Green Book

Adapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman

Original Score – Black Panther

Original Song – ‘Shallow’ (A Star is Born)

Actor in a Leading Role – Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Actress in a Leading Role – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Directing – Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

Best Picture – Green Book

04:19 – And there we have it. Bohemian Rhapsody tops the night with four awards to its Wikipedia page. Black Panther brought home it home for Marvel, taking three, matched by Best Picture winner Green Book and Netflix champ Roma. In the face of ten nominations, The Favourite managed just one, as did Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, Free Solo, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, First Man and A Star is Born.

It was a night full of surprises. Olivia Colman saw off hot tip Glenn Close to take Best Actress, Black Panther overcame The Favourite in Costume and Production Design, whilst Bohemian Rhapsody bucked the trend that says musicals don’t win Sound Editing. And – did we mention? – Green Book won Best Picture.

Not all the winners shocked, however. As expected, Oscars were delivered to Rami Malek, A Star is Born song ‘Shallow’ and Alfonso Cuarón.

04:18 – Just like Driving Miss DaisyGreen Book has seen a safe car-based caper overtake Stan Lee. It’s a good, fun and enjoyable film. The best film of the year? Not really.

04:15 – And the winner is…

Green Book

In the end, the Academy blew it. The mind boggles.

04:13 – Best Picture time. Julia Roberts is on the stage. It’s time.

04:10 – Cuarón: ‘Being here doesn’t get old.’

Alfonso Cuarón

04:08 – Guillermo del Toro returns to the stage, after last year’s win, to give the Oscar for Directing to…

Alfonso Cuarón

The fourth Oscar of his career.

04:04 – Just two more to go. Directing and Best Picture. Expectation at the start of the night was that both will go to Roma.  Only time will tell.

04:02 – A lovely speech. When told by the autocue to wrap up, Colman blows a raspberry. She’s a star. A real national treasure, lighting the world stage.

The Favourite

04:00 – What a total joy. She just can’t believe it.

03:59 – And the Oscar goes to…

Olivia Colman

Speechless. Delighted but utterly speechless.

03:57 – An odd introduction to Actress in a Leading Role. ‘Do you have anything to say Francis?’ Asks Sam Rockwell. ‘No, nothing at all’ replies Francis McDormand. Glenn Close deserves this but how wonderful it would be if Olivia Colman went for the steal.

03:54 – Amandla Stenberg and Congressman John Lewis now introduce Green Book. Frankly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had been Kermit the Frog and Gyles Brandreth at this stage.

03:51 – Bohemian Rhapsody has now four Oscars to its name, leading the way  ahead of Black Panther‘s three and Roma‘s two.

03:48 – Malek: ‘We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically…I could not be more grateful.’

03:46 – Alison Janney and Gary Oldman take to the stage to present Actor in a Leading Role to…

Rami Malek

As expected. Bohemian Rhapsody has stormed it tonight. In some ironic joke, Malek’s nominee clip was of him miming to Freddie Mercury.

03:42 – Like Lee, Streisand is a Brooklynite who enjoys donning a good hat.

03:40 – Barbara Steisand hits the stage to rapturous audience applause. Oddly, she’s introducing BlacKkKlansman.

03:38 – Four more to go and it’s going to close as a much shorter ceremony than in previous years.

03:30 – A moment of remembrance now. Time to reflect, to mourn and to cherish. In memoriam.

03:28 – A very emotional Gaga on stage: ‘if you have a dream, fight for it’. So much passion there and a lot of love for Bradley Cooper.


03:26 – The Oscar goes to…


03:25 – Constance Wu and the Black Panther himself now, surely giving Original Song to ‘Shallow’. Surely.

03:22 – Best Original Score goes to…

Black Panther

Wow! Black Panther for Best Picture?

03:22 – Music time! Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordon on stage now, riffing off some classic scores.

03:21 – It’s been a surprising night in tinseltown and there are still six more awards to go. The acting categories look set, as does Original Song and -dare we say – Directing as well. The other two are anyone’s guess.

03:18 – A powerful speech there from Spike Lee: ‘Let’s do the right thing!’.

03:15 – The Oscar goes to…


This time, Jackson is thrilled. He wears his heart on his sleeve, alright.

03:14The Favourite looks set to go home empty handed tonight. At least the Adapted Screenplay nominees are all worthy.

03:13 – That’s absurd. And I liked Green Book.

03:12 – The Oscar goes to…

Green Book

Samuel L. Jackson is clearly shocked. Aren’t we all.

03:10 – Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson now take to the stage, ahead of their coming roles in Captain Marvel.

03:09 – And the winner is…


Confession: not familiar with this one. Will now seek it out though.

03:08 – Time for more awards. Live Action Short followed by Original Screenplay I believe.

03:03 – With First Man now officially an Oscar winner, where was it’s Best Best Picture nomination? Would have been more than warranted.

03:01 – It’s gone three am and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are duetting. What is life these days? Whatever it is, I’m either loving it or delirious.

03:00 – Impressively, many of the effects in First Man were achieved practically, rather than with digital wizardry. Scale models stood in for rockets and LED screens backdropped much of the action, replacing the contemporary rush for green screens.

first man

02:58 – The Oscar goes to…

First Man

Nope. But we’ll go with this. All the way to the moon and back.

02:57 – Paul Rudd and Sarah Paulsson are now up to present Best Visual Effects. Could Avengers: Infinity War break the super-curse on this category. Not since 2004 has a superhero film won here.

02:56 – Time for another Best Picture montage. Roma this time. It’s an outstanding film and worthy winner but can it do it? No foreign language film has ever topped the Oscars before now.


02:52 – The end of the second hour draws close, as do some of tonight’s biggest awards and a performance of ‘Shallow’.

02:50 – You can watch that one on Netflix right now. You should. End of sentence.

02:49 – ‘I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar’ is the line of the night.

02:47 – ‘Why are we still here?’ Says Awkwafina. No comment. They’re presenting Documentary Short Subject to…

Period. End of Sentence

02:44 – Awkwafina and John Mulaney go on a bit, before presenting Animated Short to…


Pixar’s delightful pre-Incredibles 2 short.

02:42 – Bohemian Rhapsody is our next Best Picture nominee to be clipped. Here’s why Chris is backing it all the way. Great fun to see Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunite for its introduction.

02:35 – ‘When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings’ gets a charming little showcase as the third Original Song nominee.

02:31 – Animated Feature goes to…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

A popular choice there.

02:30 – Laura Dern first introduces the crowd to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Because, why not?

02:27 – Expect Spider-Man to swing in for Animated Feature after the break. Still got Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of ‘Shallow’ to come.

02:24 – That’s two wins from two nominations for Ali, who can also be seen in Alita: Battle Angel currently. He thanks Mortensen, Octavia Spencer, his wife and everyone who contributed.

Green Book

02:23 – Daniel Craig and Charlize Theron now present Actor in a Supporting Role to…

Mahershala Ali

Of course.

02:19 – And the Oscar goes to…

Bohemian Rhapsody

Speechless. Please edit this moment out of history.

02:17 – I’m increasingly not prepared to rule Black Panther out of the race tonight. Michael Keaton’s on now for Editing.

02:16 – Best Supporting Actor is on the way. Our hearts sing for Richard E. Grant but our heads say Mahershala Ali. First though, an introduction for Black Panther.

02:11 – Here’s Emily Blunt doing it properly…

02:08 – Keegan-Michael Key has literally just dropped into the theatre on an umbrella. Nothing Bette Midler can do can top that. She’s joined on stage by Marc Shaiman.

02:07 – And the winner is…


The ninth Mexican nominee in the history of the Oscars but only the first to win. Alfonso’s back.

02:05 – Angela Basset and Javier Bardem now present Foreign Language Film – in English and Spanish, They’re celebrating the recognition of foreign films across the board rather than just here. Quite right too.

02:04 – First we get a snapshot look at The Favourite, which is underperforming so far. It’s best remaining bet is Original Screenplay.

02:02 – So that’s hour one over and done with. Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody lead the way with two wins apiece. Foreign Language next.

02:01 – They are the champions, my friend.


02:00 – Sound Mixing brings…

Bohemian Rhapsody

…back onto the stage.

01:56 – The Oscar goes to…

Bohemian Rhapsody

We know nothing.

01:55 – Sound Editing now. Who’s it gonna be?

01:53 – Serena Williams arrives on stage to introduce a montage of A Star is Born. Here’s a reminder of why Plain Simple Tom wants the Bradley Cooper remake to win.

01:50 – Speaking of the Original Song performances…Bette Midler is due to sing ‘The Place Where the Lost Things Go’. Why? Not sure.

01:49 – Quite a tame ceremony so far tonight. All feeling rather perfunctory, even with Black Panther‘s success. Hudson gives her all on stage in the first of tonight’s abbreviated Original Song nominees.

01:47 – Emilia Clarke just offered Ruth Ginsberg her dragons. Lovely.

01:45 – And the winner is…

Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

That makes Cuarón the first director to win an Oscar for photographing their own film. Won’t be his last time on the stage tonight.

01:44 – Tyler Perry now on to introduce Cinematography LIVE ON CAMERA. ‘Each discipline is essential’ he says.

01:41 – Wakanda Forever!

Black Panther T'Challa

01:40 – The winner is…

Black Panther

Again! Gosh.

01:39 – The next award is Production Design. We’re backing The Favourite but Black Panther could steal here again. Jennifer Lopez and Chris Evans on stage to present.

01:36 – Jennifer Hudson is due to sing ‘I’ll Fight’ next. The tenth nomination for songwriter Dianne Warren. It’s a little soupy and won’t win but lots of time for Hudson and RBG.

01:31 – Not a good sign for The Favourite but Marvel will be thrilled. And they’re not the only ones.

01:30 – Oh my. I love it. Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry look INCREDIBLE presenting Costume Design to…

Black Panther

Ooh! It’s a winner!

01:27 – Christian Bale might not win tonight but an incredible job was done in transforming him into Dick Cheney. Oh, our first brutal music drown out of the night. Painful.


01:25 – And the winner is…


Haven’t seen Border yet, looks interesting.

01:24 – ‘From Rage Against the Machine, here’s Tom Morello…’ Eh?

01:23 – Vice is to be the first Best Picture preview tonight. That feels very tidy, given that Vice is expected to win this third award.

01:21 – No awards to be given in this ad break. Hoorah! Next up is Make-Up and Hairstyling.

01:18 – No surprises just yet but a tidy pace. Last year we’d only done one award by this point.

free solo

01:17 – It’s…

Free Solo

01:16 – They’re on – in illuminating shades of pink – to give Best Documentary Feature too…

01:15 – Annapurna, so good she thanked them twice. Now Aquaman and the Queen. Yes.

01:12 – Bravo!

Regina King - Beale Street

01:12 – And the first winner of the night is…

Regina King

For tremendous work in an under-nominated film. Must be said, the other nominees were all terrific. Surely Amy Adams must win an Oscar eventually.

01:10 – Seriously, why are they not presenting?

01:09 – A perfect combination of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph present Supporting Actress but basically deliver the opening monologue we wish they were actually there for.

01:06 – Been a cracking year, by all accounts. A lot of Love Simon in there, along with Mamma Mia, A Star is Born, Stan & Ollie etc…

01:04 – Tonight’s first award is for Supporting Actress. Regina King is the favourite by some way. Before that, it’s montage time.

01:02 – It’s a montage. A swift move from We Will Rock You to We Are The Champions. Adam Lambert doing a sterling job. Brian May looking a little like he’s been pulled in off the street. Just saying.

01:00 – Aaaand we are off! Queen on the stage and Glenn Close looking rocked in the audience. What a joy.

00:58 – Could The Favourite do it tonight? This split in opinion has happened before. Everyone expected La La Land to win in 2017 but wanted Moonlight.

00:55 – We ran a poll tonight, asking you to pick who you think will win and who you think should win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars. Whilst 72% said Roma will win, just 5% wanted that result. The opposite was true for The Favourite, which was…the favourite (ahem) of 64%, whilst only 16% expect it to win.

00:53 – Not the first year the Oscars have had no host, of course. How tonight will roll, however, is anyone’s guess. Literally. Please help.

00:51 – It’s a year of firsts: first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture, first Netflix offering for the same and the first time three of the BP nominees have all grossed over $400m.

00:50 – What are you expecting from tonight’s results? Check out our predictions here. As for the ceremony, we’re hoping for a brisk three hours.

00:48 – Tonight’s ceremony is said to have cost a whopping $44m, with $24,500 of that devoted to the red carpet alone.

00:40 – It would be fair to say that this year has had a tumultuous lead up.

00:35 – Hello there! Just thirty minutes to go. Welcome to our Oscars 2019 live blog.


2 thoughts on “OSCARS 2019 | LIVE BLOG – as it happened”

  1. That surreal moment when Julia Roberts announces the win for Green Book. The Oscars have become so political. I cannot believe that every win is well-deserved. Not every. It just can’t happen. Black actors and those films that deal with race issues have the advantage ESPECIALLY when Trump is one’s President. Also, supporting films just because they are making statements against walls with Mexico is overlooking the fact that this is not a political rally but a film festival.


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