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'Green Book' denies Netflix top Oscar on night of music and diversity

Updated : February 25, 2019 02:32 PM IST

Road trip movie "Green Book" triumphed over "Roma" to win best the best picture Oscar on Sunday, denying Netflix bragging rights as the first streaming service to beat Hollywood at its own game.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for "Roma," his sentimental black-and-white journey back to his childhood, and the film won two other Oscars, including for best foreign language.

In the biggest upset of the night, Britain's Olivia Colman won her first Oscar for her role as petulant monarch Queen Anne in Fox Searchlight period comedy "The Favourite," beating presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in "The Wife."

"It's genuinely quite stressful! This is hilarious," said a visibly shocked Colman. "Glenn Close - you have been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be," she told her fellow actress, sitting in the audience.

Rami Malek won for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical "Bohemian Rhapsody." The film was the biggest overall winner, with four Oscars, and it also stamped its mark on the show when the group became the first rock band to open an Academy Awards show.

"I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out," said Malek, who had been favoured to win the award.

91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Director Peter Farrelly speaks on stage after
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Director Peter Farrelly speaks on stage after "Green Book" won the Best Picture award. REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Peter Farrelly accepts the Best Picture award for
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Peter Farrelly accepts the Best Picture award for "Green Book." REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Olivia Colman accepts the Best Actress award for her role in
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Olivia Colman accepts the Best Actress award for her role in "The Favourite." REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Rami Malek accepts the Best Actor award for his role in
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Rami Malek accepts the Best Actor award for his role in "Bohemian Rhapsody." REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Best Cinematography award for
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Best Cinematography award for "Roma." REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Photo Room - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Regina King poses backstage with her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Photo Room - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Regina King poses backstage with her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in "If Beale Street Could Talk." REUTERS/Mike Segar
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Mahershala Ali accepts the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Mahershala Ali accepts the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "Green Book." REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Adam Lambert (R) performs with Brian May of Queen. REUTERS/Mike Blake
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 24, 2019. Adam Lambert (R) performs with Brian May of Queen. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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