The Shape of Water Named Best Picture


The Shape of Water was the big winner at Sunday night's 90th Academy Awards, which was short on surprises.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars after their epic mix-up at last year's ceremony. They announced The Shape of Water as Best Picture. And this time the duo got it right on the first try.

Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for The Shape of Water. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to be so honored. He said, "The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand." The fantasy flick, which had a leading 13 nominations, also took home Best Original Score.

As expected, Frances McDormand was named Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In an emotional speech, she asked the female nominees in the audience to stand. She then made a plea for more stories from women. “We all have stories to tell. Invite us into your offices and we’ll tell you all about them.”

Gary Oldman was named Best Actor for his turn as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. He said, “I’ve lived in America for the longest time and I’m deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me: my home, my livelihood, my family, and now Oscar.”

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) won in the supporting acting categories.

All of the acting honorees as well as del Toro and The Shape of Water also won at this year's Golden Globes.

Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay. He said he stopped writing Get Out "20 times" because he didn't believe it would ever get made. "But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it. So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie."


In his monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel joked about last year’s infamous Best Picture mixup, sexual harassment and Donald Trump. “Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood,” Kimmel said. “And there’s a good reason why. He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly he has no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations.” He ended the monologue by saying that whoever had the shortest speech of the night would win a jet ski. It went to Mark Bridges, who won for Best Costume Design. (Jimmy's best jokes.)


The night's big comedy bit came when Jimmy brought a slew of celebs, including Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, to a movie theater across the street from the ceremony to thank real-life moviegoers.

Harvey Weinstein accusers Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra introduced a tribute video to the #MeToo movement and inclusion in Hollywood.

Rita Moreno, who presented the award for Best Foreign Language Film, wore the exact same dress she wore to accept her Oscar in 1962 for West Side Story.

Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The former NBA star wrote Dear Basketball, in which he talks about his love of the game on the eve of his retirement. 

During the "In Memoriam," Eddie Vedder performed Tom Petty's "Room at the Top." Among the late celebs who remembered: Chuck Berry, Harry Dean Stanton, John Heard, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented the award for Best Actress, replacing Casey Affleck, who bailed on the ceremony. 

Best Original Song nominees performed. They were Mary J. Blige (Mudbound); Common and Andra Day (Marshall); Gael Garcia Bernal, Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade (Coco); Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman); and Sufjan Stevens (Call Me by Your Name).


Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, The Darkest Hour

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I Tonya

Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name

Best Animated Feature Film: Coco

Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman

Best Documentary – Feature: Icarus

Best Documentary – Short Subject: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child

Best Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant 

Best Original Score: The Shape of Water

Best Original Song: "Remember Me" - Coco

Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King 

Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

Best Production Design: The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges

Best Film Editing: Dunkirk, Lee Smith

Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer


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