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Oscars 2018: A Stream of Awards for ‘The Shape of Water’

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The 90th annual Academy Awards took place earlier this week, with Jimmy Kimmel playing host to the prestigious ceremony.

The Shape of Water was the big winner at the 90th Academy Awards last night, winning both Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro’s enchanting fantasy film also won Best Original Score and Best Production Design.

He dedicated his win to “every young filmmaker,” and ended by saying: “You can do it, this is a door, kick it open and come in.”

As predicted, Frances McDormand picked up the Best Actress award, and in doing so prompted an all-female standing ovation. “Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. Favourites, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Allison Janney all picked up their the prestigious golden statue in the main actor and supporting actor categories.

Kimmel returned to host for the second time, and in a year full of politics and exposure in Hollywood, he  did an exceptional job in highlighting the subject, without  lending too much focus so as to take away from the true purpose of the night.

#MeToo, Times Up and Gun Control campaigns were mentioned by several others throughout the night in introductory and acceptance speeches. Kimmel’s opening monologue was laced with humorous gags relating to Timothee Chalmalet and Christopher Plummer’s ages. Furthermore, he likened the Oscar statue to the most professional man in the room, as he kept his hands to himself and lacked genitals.

A late night visit to a cinema across the road from the infamous Dolby Theatre by Kimmel and others including Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Armie Hammer and Guillermo del Toro acted as an ode to the film buffs and cinema-goers worldwide.

Overall, the Oscars was less controversial and more light-hearted than expected and the entire spectacle  was an easy, enjoyable watch. The full list of winners can be seen below.

Best Picture:

“The Shape of Water”

Actress:

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Actor:

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Director:

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Original Song:

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Original Score:

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

Original Screenplay:

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

Live Action Short Film:

“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

Documentary Short Subject:

“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

Film Editing:

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

Animated Feature:

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

Supporting Actress:

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

Production Design:

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Sound Mixing:

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

Sound Editing:

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

Documentary Feature:

“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan

Costume Design:

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

 

Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

 

Supporting Actor:

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

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