The Oscars 2019 – Live Blog

04:24 – It’s been a blast, folks; but that’s a wrap. Full of shocks and smiles – proof that the Oscars are still impossible to predict.

Thank you, and goodnight.

04:20 – The list in full:

Actress in a Supporting Role – Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Documentary Feature – Free Solo

Makeup and Hairstyling – Vice

Costume Design – Black Panther

Production Design – Black Panther

Cinematography – Roma

Sound Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Sound Mixing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Foreign-Language Film – Roma

Film Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Actor in a Supporting Role – Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Animated Feature Film – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film – Bao

Documentary Short Subject – Period. End of Sentence

Visual Effects – First Man

Live Action Short Film – Skin

Original Screenplay – Green Book

Adapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman

Original Score – Black Panther

Original Song – ‘Shallow’ (A Star is Born)

Actor in a Leading Role – Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Actress in a Leading Role – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Directing – Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

Best Picture – Green Book

04:16 – Well, well, well – who’d have thought…

04:15 – Green Book gets it!!!!!

green book

04:11 – Julia Roberts to present BEST PICTURE – the final award of the evening. Who will it be…?

04:09 – Alfonso takes it! Congratulations amigo! Roma wins again.


04:08 – Quick reminder (as if you needed it) of the nominees:

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

04:07 – del Toro soldiering on after illness – what a man! BEST DIRECTOR incoming.

04:00The Favourite finally off the mark, too.


03:59 – It goes to COLMAN! Holy shit, the girl from Peep Show is now an Oscar winner!

03:58 – Will it be a Close one, or will it be a …er… Colman? Shit, the joke sounded better in our heads…

03:57 – BEST ACTRESS coming up. McDormand and Rockwell to present.

03:54 – Congressman John Lewis bringing the house down. A standing ovation as he introduces the final BEST PICTURE nominee Green Book.

03:49 – Say what you will about the film, that is one hell of a speech!

03:46 – And the winner of the BEST ACTOR Oscar is…Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody!


03:43 – Last year’s winners Allison Janney and Gary Oldman take to the stage to present the male lead performance award.

03:40 – Chill your beans, folks, Barbs is in the building. Streisand that is. Here introducing BEST PICTURE nominee BlacKkKlansman.

03:37The Favourite, so far, has bugger all. Just let that sink in…

03:35 – A pause while we honour those artists who have recently passed on. The In Memoriam pays beautiful tribute.

03:27 – No surprises there. Gaga gets it.

03:26 – BEST ORIGINAL SONG now. Surely, surely it can only be ‘Shallow’…

03:24Black Panther takes – in the immortal words of DJ Khaled – another one!

03:23 – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE is up next.

03:22 – Creed duo Tessa Thompson (also starring in Sorry to Bother You) and Michael B. Jordan taking things forward.

03:18 – Inevitably, Spike Lee’s speech was heartfelt and political. Do the Right Thing, indeed. “Don’t turn that motherfucking clock on” – indeed, also.

03:17 – Sam Jackson certainly enjoyed that one. As did we.



03:14 – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY quickly follows…

03:12 – It’s Green Book.

Green Book

03:11 – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY presented by Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.

03:10 – Lots of screaming. Lots of more screaming. But an important message in there. Well done Skin.

03:08 – BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT goes to Skin. Congrats.

03:05 – Whatever happens from here on in, we got to witness that. Beautiful. Sensational.

03:00 – Here it is, folks. Are your lungs ready? It’s ‘Shallow’ time!


02:59 – One of this year’s biggest snubs. Glad it won something. And beat Avengers, too. Some feat, that.

02:58 – Getting the Oscar is First Man – their first award of the night.


02:57 – VISUAL EFFECTS hitting your screens now.

02:56 – Paul Rudd and Sarah Paulson are in the building. DEEEEEECENT.

02:55 – “This is a story of strong women and absent men”. Roma is currently being introduced. WHAT.A.FILM.

02:50 – Lively bunch the Period. End of Sentence lot. But a great speech nonetheless. We can’t believe a film about menstruation now has an Oscar, too – but, we’re happy!

02:48Period. End of Sentence grabs it.

02:47 – BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT. Often treated like one of those end-of-the-night, lights-on awards. Shame, really.

02:45 – The Oscar goes to Bao. Congrats!

02:44 – BEST ANIMATED SHORT incoming.

02:43 – Akwafina’s energy is what we all need right about now.

02:41 – Ok, so the Wayne’s World/Queen gag is pretty good. Of course it was those guys introducing it.

02:34 – After that euphoria, it’s back to another song – that cowboy spurs one from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. It bangs, to be fair!

02:32 – YESSSSSSSSS! Into the Spider-Verse swings in to take it. Big cheer on the night, too.



02:28 – Laura Dern AND the Jurassic Park theme song – this is the highlight of the night so far!

02:24 – It’s two for two for Mahershala Ali for his performance in Green Book (after his win for Moonlight a couple of years ago). It’s a mighty fine turn, and you can read our REVIEW here.

green book

02:22 – Annnnd it goes to…

02:21 – Craig and Theron taking the stage. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR coming up.

02:19 – It goes to Bohemian Rhapsody. Cue some colourfully-phrased Tweets…

02:18 – Michael Keaton presenting BEST FILM EDITING…

02:17 – Trevor Noah plugging Black Panther. And providing a Mel Gibson joke while doing it, too. Win-win.

02:16 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR coming up soon.

02:10 – Bette Midler doing ‘The Place Where the Lost Things Go’ from Mary Poppins Returns. Proper song, this.


02:09 – The wonderful Keegan-Michael Key, quite literally, drops in to introduce the next musical number.

02:07 – Remember to rrrrrroll your ‘Rs’ – it’s Roma who takes it!


02:06 – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE film now. Some seriously good stuff on offer here:

Capernaum – Lebanon
Cold War – Poland
Never Look Away – Germany
Roma – Mexico
Shoplifters – Japan

02:04 – Of course Queen Latifah is talking about The Favourite. “It ain’t easy being Queen”. Love it!

02:00 – And it is!

01:58 – SOUND MIXING follows. Will it be Bo Rhap again?

01:56 – Tough one to call. But, it’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Here we go then. Whatcha reckon Twitter…?


01:55 – SOUND EDITING next. The award that will forever not be confused with SOUND MIXING…

01:54 – Championing A Star is Born, which is nominated for BEST PICTURE (among numerous other awards).

01:53 – Serena Williams taking to the cour- errr stage.

01:49 – Performing ‘I’ll Fight’ from RBG. Some set of lungs, that!

01:49 – Now, music. Hello Jennifer Hudson.

01:45 – And it goes to Roma. Hardly a surprise there. They’re up and running.


01:44 – It’s time for the category-that-was-supposed-to-be-an-advert: CINEMATOGRAPHY.

01:43 – Some heartfelt words right there. Now THAT’S a speech.

01:41 – Speech notes on your iPhone – we’re here for it! It is 2019, folks.

01:40 – It’s the Wakanda folk again! 2 for 2 for them!

01:39 – Of course, they’re here to present the Oscar for PRODUCTION DESIGN.

01:39 – J-Lo and Cap on stage – very decent.

01:38 – Dare we say it: things haven’t been that bad so far, right?

01:35 – 35 minutes in, still waiting for the host to arrive…

01:32BLAAAAAACCCKKKK PAAAAANTHER. First win of the night for the Marvel guys! Well, Ruth Carter, specifically – of course.


01:30 – COSTUME DESIGN up next. Some serious quality – and that’s just on the stage!

01:28 – Eeeeeek that acceptance speech was a tad painful.

01:26 – It’s MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING. Annnnnnnnd it goes to Vice.


01:25 – The first BEST PICTURE plug of the night is Vice. Which we actually quite liked. Our REVIEW here.

01:21 – But, wait, the Free Solo filmmakers didn’t thank the guy doing the climbing…?

01:19 – “This is a film for everyone who believes in the impossible”. Amen.

01:17 – And Free Solo takes it!

01:16 – It’s BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE up next…

01:15 – Goodness me – don’t you just love Helen Mirren? Jason Momoa’s pretty good too.

01:12 – And the Oscar for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS goes to: Regina King. Some tough competition, but thoroughly deserved!


01:09 – Fey, Rudolph and Poehler presenting the award for Actress in a Supporting Role. Here is a reminder of the nominees:

Amy Adams – Vice
Marina de Tavira – Roma
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

01:07 –  7 minutes in and we have our first dig at Trump. Surely the first of many.

01:04 – Hmmmmm that rendition won’t have pleased everyone…

01:02 – It’s Queen kicking us off with We Will Rock You.

01:00 – So here go then. Coming to you live from a dark, slightly smelly living room in Oxfordshire. Oscar night is upon us!

00:58 – We’re ready – we think – are you ready?

00:55 – T-minus 5 minutes and counting!

00:45 – 15 minutes to go. We literally have no idea what to expect…

00:45 – Welcome one and all! Love it or hate it, the #Oscars2019 is upon us. Here at ‘What’s the Motive?’ we’ll be plugging ourselves with copious amounts of caffeine as we stay up with you covering all the awards and action from throughout the night.

Merry Christmas film fans – the night is finally upon us! Twenty-four of those little gold fellas up for grabs. The countdown to the 91st Academy Awards ceremony starts here. And, here at WTM? – and unfortunately for you – we’ll be with you throughout the night.

Snacks? Check. Caffeine by the bucket load? Check. Bohemian Rhapsody pyjamas? Nah…

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