LOS ANGELES - “Free Solo” has won the best documentary feature Academy Award.
The film follows elite rock-climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to ascend the famed El Capitan rock formation at Yosemite National Park without ropes.
The film was directed and co-produced by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Vasarhelyi thanked National Geographic, and specifically called them out for hiring female directors. She ended her speech by saying the film is “for everyone who believes in the impossible.”
Ruth Carter makes history
Ruth Carter makes history, becomes the first black person to win best costume design at the Academy Awards for making the Afro-futuristic outfits in “Black Panther”
?“Black Panther” has won the Academy Award for production design and made Oscar history for the second time Sunday evening.
Production designer Hannah Beachler is the first African-American winner in the category. Her win came moments after “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter became the first black winner in that category.
Beachler wins the Oscar along with set designer Jay R. Hart.
Beachler broke down in tears during her acceptance speech, which started out with her thanking “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.
Regina King is the winner of the Academy Award for best supporting actress. The win comes for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
It’s the first Oscar and first nomination for King, who has won three Emmy Awards for her work on television.
King thanked author James Baldwin, whose novel is the basis for the film from director Barry Jenkins.
The actress thanked her mother, who was in the audience, and said she is an example of what happens when someone is supported and loved.
‘Roma’ wins foreign language film Oscar
Mexico’s “Roma” is the winner of the best foreign language film at the Oscars.
Other films of director Alfonso Cuaron have won Academy Awards, but “Roma” now becomes the first film from Mexico to win the Oscar for best foreign language film. The movie’s dialogue is in Spanish and Mixtec.
It is Cuaron’s second win of the night. Earlier in the ceremony, he won the best cinematography award.