The Green Book Won an Academy Award for Best Film

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Bulgaria: The Green Book Won an Academy Award for Best Film

Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma and Black Panther have become the major winners of the biggest awards in cinema - the 91st Oscars, which were given at a ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles tonight.

Peter Farrell's Green Book, nominated in five categories, won the best feature film award for Best Original Screenplay and brought the actor Mahershala Ali the prestigious award for best supporting male role. The director announced that without him and Vigo Mortensen in the lead role, this film would not be so successful.

Together with Farrell, the producers and the whole team, a Bulgarian actor was also on the stage for the first time. Dimitar Marinov, who plays one of the musicians in the film, wore the Bulgarian flag in his jacket pocket. The camera on the TV show twice captured the small flag in frame.

The second non-Oscar-winning ceremony, which was 30 minutes less television time than previous years, went somehow hurriedly. As early as February, the organizers warned the participants that they had 90 seconds to thank, and then their speeches would be interrupted. Such an approach had to be done several times in the evening, when many were rushing to overcome the emotion of the prize and as soon as possible to say the words and names they had written in advance. Some of them were interrupted by music and a microphone stop, which was masked in the TV show by the assembly of general staff to the stage and the audience.

The show was unveiled with Qeen and Adam Lambert performing a mix of hits We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. Among other musical performances for the evening were Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's duets, as well as the solos of Jennifer Hudson and Betty Midler.

Most of the statuettes were received by Bohemian Rhapsody, which was the favorite for the main male role category. Rami Maleck, who plays the quintessential Qeen vocalist Freddie Mercury, said, "Maybe I have not been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out." From the stage he thanked the band for the chance to become a small part of their musical history and heritage, and that the film tells of a gay emigrant who fights for his voice and the right to prove himself.

Malek added that he was the first generation of an Egyptian emigrant family. "Some of my story is being written right now, so I thank everyone who believes in me, I will appreciate this moment for the rest of my life," said the actor.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" received three more awards in categories for best sound installation, sound mixing and film fitting.

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma", who led the nominations in a total of ten categories, won three of them for best foreign film, director and cinematography. The semi-autobiographical film, inspired by the life and growth of Cuaron in Mexico, supplemented his Oscars collection after the previous two in the film "Gravity".

Although it also had ten nominations, "The Favorite" took only one distinction, but on the other hand, leading and surprising - for the performance of British actress Olivia Coleman in the main female role. A favorite in the category was Glen Close, who was 71 years old for the most nominated actress without a winning statuette, and was the winner of the prize for her role in "The Wife".

Visibly excited, Coleman recalled that in the past, before becoming an actress, she had worked as a cleaner, and very often, while she was cleaning, she imagined taking Oscar.

Director Spike Lee received his second Oscar with BlacKkKlansman in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Lee jumped out of joy on Samuel L. Jackson', then had a speech with a political shade.

Do not forget that around the corner is the 2020 elections for president and we all have to stand on the right side of history, make the moral choice between love and hatred and do the right thing," were Lee's last words. Afterwards, music was played in the room, although on the stage the director kept talking, but his microphone was stopped.

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