Monday Movie Report: ‘Green Book’ wins big on Oscar night

On Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, “Green Book” was announced as the top movie of 2018.

Not only did  it earn Best Picture, it also received Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. While it was an good night for “Green Book,” though, it wasn’t the only one receiving glory from the Academy.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” received Best Editing, during the ceremony, while “Roma” was given the award for Best Director.

Best Picture:

  • “Green Book”

Lead Actor:

  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Lead Actress:

  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Supporting Actor:

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Supporting Actress:

  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”


  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Animated Feature:

  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

  • “Bao,” Domee Shi

Adapted Screenplay:

  • “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee

Original Screenplay:

  • “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly


  • “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

Best Documentary Feature:

  • “Free Solo.”

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • “Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • “Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • “Roma” (Mexico)

Film Editing:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

Sound Editing:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst

Sound Mixing:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Production Design:

  • “Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler

Original Score:

  • “Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

Original Song:

  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

Makeup and Hair:

  • “Vice.”

Costume Design:

  • “Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter

Visual Effects:

  • “First Man”


In addition to the Academy Awards, this weekend also saw smaller budgeted films get their day in the sun at the Independent Spirit Awards. The biggest winner at the Saturday ceremony was “If Beale Street Could Talk,” picking up both Best Feature and Director.
Barry Jenkins at the Spirit ceremony. Courtesy Getty Images.

The full list of winners is below:

Best Feature

  • “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Best Director

  • Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Best First Feature

  • “Sorry to Bother You.”

Best Male Lead

  • Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed.”

Best Female Lead

  • Glenn Close, “The Wife.”

Best Supporting Female Actor

  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Best Supporting Male Actor

  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Cinematography

  • Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Suspiria.”

Best Screenplay

  • Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best First Screenplay

  • Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade.”

Best Editing

  • Joe Bini, “You Were Never Really Here.”

Best Documentary

  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Best international film

  • “Roma.” (Mexico)

The Truer Than Fiction Award

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

  • Bing Liu, “Minding the Gap.”

Producers Award

The Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite limited resources, demonstrate creativity, tenacity and vision to produce quality indie films.

  • Shrihari Sathe

The Someone to Watch Award

Recognizes a filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

  • Alex Moratto, “Socrates.”

John Cassavetes Award

Awarded to movies with a budget under $500,000.

  • En El Séptimo Dia (On the Seventh Day) by Director Jim McKay.

The Bonnie Award

Named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. The Bonnie Award recognizes a mid-career female director with a grant with the award.

  • Debra Granik, who last year directed “Leave no Trace” and also helmed the Oscar nominated “Winter’s Bone” in 2010.

Robert Altman Award

A dual award for the director and cast.

  • “Suspiria.” Director: Luca Guadagnino. Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino. Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler.


Outside of the glitz and glamour of award season, the other movie news from the weekend was “How to Train Your Dragon 3” winning the box office. In total, the animated sequel earned more than $55 million over the weekend.

The full top five was:

1. How to Train Your Dragon 3 – $55,527,000
2.  Alita: Battle Angel – $12,000,000
3. The LEGO Movie 2 – $10,015,000
4. Fighting with my Family – $8,012,000
5. Isn’t it Romantic – $7,510,000

For the upcoming weekend, new releases include the comedy “A Madea Family Funeral” and the thriller “Greta.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, flicks getting released are:

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet, my rating: 3 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%
  • Mary Queen of Scots, my rating: 2.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.07 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%
  • Between Worlds, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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