The 91st Academy Awards were a huge moment for music. Rami Malek and Lady Gaga both won their first ever Oscars in a ceremony that was full of celebration for film, music, diversity, and making dreams come true.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic that took the world by storm late last year, was awarded four of the five awards they were nominated for. One of them being in the Best Actor category for Rami Malek – whose portrayal of Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury is impeccable.
‘Thank you, Queen, thank you, guys, for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy,’ Malek said to the surviving band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. ‘I am forever in your debt.’
Meanwhile, another massive film that tells a different story in music – one of addiction, reaching superstardom, and love – A Star Is Born only gave its cast one award. But, it went to Lady Gaga – someone that has persevered and accomplished many of the thing she longed for as a young girl. ‘Shallow’ from the film won Best Original Song. Gaga alongside Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Anthony Wyatt took the Oscar for the song.
‘I’ve worked hard for a long time, and … it’s not about winning,’ Gaga said in her acceptance speech. ‘But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down, or you’re beaten. It’s about how many times you stand up, and are brave, and you keep going.’
With this win, ‘Shallow’ becomes the most awarded song in history with a total of 32 accolades. It is also a mere five days away from become the song having spent the most amount of days at number one in the iTunes Worldwide charts.
The film Green Book took home the biggest award of the night for Best Picture. Meanwhile, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and his film Roma earned him his second Best Director award, and the film took Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film. British actress Olivia Colman – from The Favourite – was as shocked as everyone else when she beat the likes of Glenn Close and Lady Gaga to take the Best Actress category.
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