The first Oscar of the night has gone to Emerald Fennell, writer and director of “Promising Young Woman,” AP reports.
Fennell won best original screenplay at the ceremony Sunday night at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The award isn’t normally handed out until mid-show, but this year has already broken with several traditions in the opening minutes.
It’s the first Oscar for Fennell, a 35-year-old British actor and screenwriter.
She worried from the stage that she was going to be in trouble.
Fennell fretted after taking the Oscar statue that she would be in trouble with the show’s producers, who are trying to make this year’s ceremony less like a TV show and more like a film.
“They said write a speech, and I didn’t because I didn’t think this was ever going to happen,” she said.
She is also nominated for best director for the #MeToo-themed revenge tale.
The night’s second Oscar, for best adapted screenplay, went to Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for “The Father.”
The two co-wrote the script based on Zeller’s 2012 play.