Oscars dominated by queer films as Green Book, Olivia Colman and Bohemian Rhapsody win
The Oscars 2019 winners list was dominated by films featuring LGBT+ characters and actors, including Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and A Star is Born.
Green Book, which tells the story of the friendship between black jazz pianist Don Shirley and his white driver in 1960s America, picked up best picture and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.
In the film, Ali’s Shirley is depicted as having a gay relationship.
Olivia Colman picked up best actress for her role as Queen Anne in the lesbian comedy-drama The Favourite, which co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
Colman said in her speech, “This is hilarious! I’ve got an Oscar!”
She hailed her co-stars, Stone and Weisz, as “the two loveliest women in the world to go to work with” and also praised her fellow nominees, Glenn Close and Lady Gaga.
Bohemian Rhapsody wins four awards
But the biggest winner at the Oscars was Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which took home four awards including best actor for Rami Malek, best film editing, best sound editing and best sound mixing.
“I think to anyone struggling… we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” said Malek on stage.
A Star is Born, starring queer icon Lady Gaga, took home best original song for “Shallow,” which Gaga performed at the ceremony with Bradley Cooper.
Queer Oscar winners
- Best Picture: Green Book
- Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
- Best Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
- Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
- Best Original Song: “Shallow,” A Star is Born
- Best Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody