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'Green Book' steals best picture Oscar, Colman and Malek are best actors.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters/AFP) - Road trip movie "Green Book" won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, while Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for his sentimental film "Roma."

In an upset, Britain's Ol-ivia Colman got the best actress Oscar for "The Favorite," beating pre-sumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in "The Wife."

"Glenn Close - you have been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be," a delighted but shocked Colman told her fellow actress, sitting in the audience.

Rami Malek won for his role as late frontman Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical "Bohemian Rhapsody." The film won three other Academy Awards.

"I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out," said Malek, who had been favored to win the award.

"Roma," the black-and-white Netflix film in Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec language, won two other Oscars, including foreign language film - a first for Mexico.

But it was denied what could have been the first best picture Oscar for a streaming service.

"Green Book," from Universal Pictures took two other Oscars - for best original screenplay and supporting actor Ma-hershala Ali, who played a black pianist touring the segregated U.S. South in the 1960s.

The Academy Awards ceremony was held without a host for the first time since 1989 and instead was filled with power-house music performances.

They included an emotional duet by Lady Gaga and her "A Star is Born" direc-tor Bradley Cooper of their original song nominee "Shallow," which brought Gaga her first Oscar.

British band Queen got the Academy Awards ceremony off to a rousing start with a performance of their hit songs "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" that brought the A-list crowd to its feet.

Regina King won her first Oscar for her supporting role as a mother fighting for justice in "If Beale Street Could Talk."

List of winners

Here are the winners in key categories at the 91st Academy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Hollywood.

"Green Book" took home the best pic-ture Oscar, while Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" won for best director, best foreign film and best cinematography.

Top acting honors were shared among four different films.

Best picture: "Green Book"

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Roma"

Best actor: Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Best actress: Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"

Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, "Green Book"

Best supporting actress: Regina King, "If Beale Street Could Talk"

Best foreign language film: "Roma" (Mexico)

Best cinematography: Alfonso Cua-ron, "Roma"

Best animated feature: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

Best documentary feature: "Free Solo"

Best original screenplay: "Green Book" - Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

Best adapted screenplay: "BlacKk-Klansman" - Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott

Best original score: "Black Panther" - Ludwig Goransson

Best original song: "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga

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