The 91st Academy Awards Were Packed with Powerful Moments

Wow, 2018 gave an incredible class of movies. It was a year that moved, inspired, thrilled and challenged us in innovative ways. We have been celebrating these filmmakers each day, but last night’s Oscars ceremony shone a light on the astonishing diversity and power in storytelling over the past year. BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Roma, The Green Book and more were honored last night sharing the limelight.

The stories told were not only representative of a wide array of voices, but so were the winners. There are so many special moments from last night, but here are some of the highlights.

Three of the four acting Oscars went to people of color.

Hannah Beachler became the first African-American to even be nominated in the production design category and then she won alongside set decorator Jay Hart. We are still teary eyed over her passionate and humble acceptance speech.

Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro fought off a fever to be able to hand off the award to fellow Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.

The directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse delivered powerful words of acceptance and support to young fans who may feel like an outsider.

There are so many memorable moments to relive from the evening and even more incredible moments to watch in the films that brought them here. Congratulations to all the Oscar winners, nominees, creatives and visionaries that entertained us this year.

Best Picture:

Green Book


Alfonso Cuarón, Roma


Rami MalekBohemian Rhapsody


Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Supporting Actress:

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Original Screenplay:

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

Adapted Screenplay:

BlackKklansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

Foreign Language Film:

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Animated Feature:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller 

Sound Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone

Visual Effects:

First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm

Film Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman

Animated Short:

Bao, Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb

Live Action Short:

Skin, Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Documentary Short:

Period. End of Sentence., Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Original Score:

Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson

Original Song:

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

Production Design:

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler (Production Design); Jay Hart (Set Decoration)


Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Costume Design:

Black Panther, Ruth Carter

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

Documentary Feature:

Free Solo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill

Sound Mixing:

Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali

Featured Image: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24:(EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Ruth E. Carter, winner of Best Costume Design for ‘Black Panther’ poses in the press room during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.