The Oscars 2019: With no firm front-runners, diversity wins…

There were a few surprises and controversies, but this year' Oscars saw the benefit from the widest spread of contenders in some time...

After all the controversies and all the main categories restored to the broadcast show- and acknowledging that the eventual winners wouldn’t satisfy everyone’s opinions – the Oscar statuettes actually went out to a diverse range of productions and talent at the technically host-less Sunday ceremony, confirming that the lack of a ‘front-runner’ was probably a good thing.

The show started off  more like the Grammys  and to the unique sound of Queen who – with all due respect to current frontman Adam Lambert – rightly finished their medley with images of Freddie Mercury and the highlights undoubtedly included the impossibly-smouldering duet between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga,  Spider-man swinging away into the Spider-verse with the Animated Feature category, Keegan-Michael Key’s umbrella-arrival a la Mary Poppins (though we’d have loved it even more if it had been Michael Rooker), Olivia Colman’s speech after winning the Oscar for Best Actress (for The Favourite), Rami Malek’s acceptance speech for Best Actor (in Bohemian Rhapsody).  A moment that may have gone under some people’s radar was Trevor Noah’s foreign-language skills, as well…

The main category winners looked like this:

Best Picture – Green Book

Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron, (Roma)

Best Actress – Olivia Colman, (The Favourite)

Best Actor –  Rami Malek, (Bohemian Rhapsody)