“Green Book” upset “Roma” to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture on an historic night featuring a record number of wins for Black-themed films.
“Green Book” also won in the Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Original Screenplay categories.
Meanwhile, Spike Lee landed the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman”, and Regina King garnered the Supporting Actress award for inspired performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Peter Ramsey won for co-directing the Best Animated Feature, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.”
“Black Panther” prevailed in a trio of categories – Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design. In the process, Ruth Carter made history as the first African-American female to win for Costume Design, and Hannah Beachler did so, too, as the first African-American to win for Production Design.
The festivities flowed smoothly despite the absence of an emcee, and the show was about an hour shorter than usual. The emphasis on diversity was pretty obvious, with white presenters being outnumbered by Black, Latino and Asians.
After jumping into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson on his way to the podium, a euphoric Spike Lee delivered a politically-tinged acceptance speech in which he appealed for people to vote in the 2020 election. Although Lee never referred to President Donald Trump by name, the president subsequently saw fit to tweet about the Oscar-winner's supposed “racist hit” against him.