British actress Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar on a night when Green Book also sprung a surprise by winning the award for best film.
Colman won best actress for her role in The Favourite and charmed viewers with a funny and tearful speech.
Green Book won three trophies in total, including best picture, which had been widely expected to go to Roma.
Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards in total with four, while Roma and Black Panther also won three each.
Overwhelmed Colman wins Hollywood hearts
when her name was called.
Glenn Close had been the firm favourite for her role in The Wife – and now has the unenviable record of seven nominations without a win.
Holding back tears on stage, Colman said: “It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I’ve got an Oscar!”
The first British woman to win the prize since Kate Winslet in 2009, she added: “Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know!”
And she endeared herself further to the audience by responding to a signal to end her speech by blowing a raspberry.
The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorised biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer.
“I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would have been blown,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out, and to anyone struggling and trying to discover their voice – listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself.
“And the fact I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
The biggest winners
- Bohemian Rhapsody – 4
- Black Panther – 3
- Green Book – 3
- Roma – 3