Eight, in fact, is enough. For the second time since the academy expanded the Best Picture lineup, every single Best Picture nominee took home an Oscar on Sunday, four years after it first occurred. Incidentally, both years had eight Best Picture nominees.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” topped the night with four wins, losing just Best Picture; it won Best Actor for Rami Malek, both sound categories and Best Film Editing.
Three films nabbed three awards. “Green Book” scored the top prize to go with its earlier wins for Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay. “Black Panther” won Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design — the latter two marking the black winners in the categories, with Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler, respectively. “Roma,” which was favored to win Best Picture, nabbed Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Foreign Language Film, giving Mexico its first win in the category.
The other four nominees all scored one statuette. “A Star Is Born” took Best Original Song; “BlacKkKlansman” nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay, earning Spike Lee his first competitive Oscar; “Vice” won Best Makeup and Hairstyling; and perhaps most surprisingly, “The Favourite” garnered Best Actress for Olivia Colman.
“The Favourite” was favored in both design categories and original screenplay, and when it lost those, it looked like it was going to go 0-10. But Colman upset frontrunner Glenn Close (“The Wife”) to ensure that all eight nominees left the Dolby Theater a champ.
Four years ago, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” reaped four Oscars each; the former’s wins were biggies, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, while the latter’s victories were all below the line, including Best Original Score and Best Production Design. “Whiplash” was next with three wins, highlighted by J.K. Simmons being named Best Supporting Actor. All the other Best Picture nominees scored one award: Best Sound Editing for “American Sniper”; Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood” star Patricia Arquette; Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game”; Best Original Song for “Selma”; and Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” star Eddie Redmayne.
Obviously the more nominees there are, the harder it is for everyone to win one award. Eight is the “fewest” Best Picture nominees since the Oscars adopted a sliding scale between five and 10 seven years ago; all the other years had nine.