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.
“The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“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
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”