The 91st Academy Awards concluded in Los Angeles this morning (Indian time) with the Best Actor Award to Rami Malik for his performance in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which also won sound and editing awards. Olivia Colman won best actress for playing Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’.
Award for best film went to ‘Green Book’, which also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay.
The Guneet Monga-produced ‘Period. End of Sentence’, set in India bagged award for Best documentary Short. A film on menstruation, set in rural India came into being as a part of ‘The Pad Project’, started by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
A Netflix documentary, ‘Period. End of Sentence’ is executive produced by Guneet Monga and is co-produced by Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like The Lunchbox and Masaan.
Thrilled after the win, Monga tweeted: “We won! To every girl on this earth… know that you are a goddess… if heavens are listening… look MA we put @sikhya on the map.”
Berton dedicated the award to her school, saying “the project was born because her students in LA and people in India wanted to make a human rights difference”.
“I share this award with the Feminist Majority Foundation, the entire team and cast. I share this with the teachers and students around the worlds – a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education,” she said.
The Oscars mired in controversy this year, as the mega event witnessed no host.
Complete list of winners:
Best Picture: Green Book
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Foreign Film: Roma (Mexico)
Best Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Best Original Screenplay: Green Book
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Best Original Score: Black Panther
Best Original Song: Shallow from A Star Is Born
Best Documentary Feature: Free Solo
Best Documentary Short: Period. End Of Sentence
Best Live Action Short: Skin
Best Animated Short: Bao
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Best Production Design: Black Panther
Best Costume Design: Black Panther
Best Hair And Makeup: Vice
Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Visual Effects: First Man
Best Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody