Wednesday 23 January 2019

Who were the British winners at the Oscars?

While it was not the best year for British talent, it was an improvement on the previous Academy Awards.

The 90th Academy Awards – Press Room – Los Angeles
The 90th Academy Awards – Press Room – Los Angeles

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

There were four British winners at the 90th Academy Awards, an increase of three from last year.

Gary Oldman took the prize for actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, his first ever Oscar.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins won his first Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049, after 13 previous losses.

Roger Deakins accepts the award for best cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 at the Oscars (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton succeeded in the live action short category for their film The Silent Child, about a deaf four-year-old girl who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

The 90th Academy Awards – Press Room – Los Angeles

Special effects make-up artist Lucy Sibbick won in the make-up and hair category for Darkest Hour, along with two non-Britons Kazuhiro Tsuji and David Malinowski.

The 90th Academy Awards – Press Room – Los Angeles

Last year’s Oscars were the worst for British talent in a decade.

White Helmets, a 40-minute Netflix film about a volunteer rescue group operating in war-torn Syria, saw its British director Orlando von Einsiedel and British producer Joanna Natasegara take the best documentary short award at the event in 2017.

Graham Norton Show – London

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, The Shape Of Water’s Sally Hawkins and Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville were among the British nominees at this year’s ceremony.

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