90th annual Oscars

Well… Ok we all cringed at that opening but it wouldn’t be the Oscars without badly misfired comedy. Jimmy Kimmel dove right in with the Moonlight incident – as it was quickly brought up and made fun of – and then it came to Harvey Weinstein, that was tastefully handled and and some what mocked (as well he should) as he is the biggest shadow looming over this most prominent of industry award shows. Jimmy’s opening then took a great upbeat turn and it’s clear the Academy has finally resigned itself to the fact that in this age people are going to use the Oscars as a soap box and so a soft nudge to that was given.

As the ceremony is over 3 hrs long we won’t be talking about every Oscar win but a further list on all the winners can be found at the bottom of this page.

First winner of the night was Sam Rockwell for 3 Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. The best supporting actor category this year had a slew of strong contenders so it caused no ripples that Rockwell won. Best supporting actress went to Allison Janney for I,Tonya, it was a incredibly emotional win and one of the most safe bets for wins for the night and who better than the fantastic Janney, widely known from The West Wing.

Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 presented the awards for best animated feature to Coco, and best animated short film to Dear Basketball. With some great back and forth between the 3 (4 if you count BB-8) was a great highlight of the evening. Blade Runner 2049 won best visual effects which was fantastic for a sequel to a film that original flopped not even getting a look in at the Oscars back in 1982.

Best adapted screenplay was won by James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name, followed by best original screenplay won by Jordan Peele for Get out. It was hopped by audiences and some critics alike that the horror film would get an Oscar win last night and for Get Out, best original screenplay is the best thing it could have won. Rodger Deakins wins best cinematography for Blade Runner 2049. Deakins has been nominated for an Oscar many times before but like Gary Oldman last night was finally his night when that golden statue finally graced his hands.

A notable moment was when Cherokee actor, Wes Studi was the first Native American to officially present at the Oscars. Before him was Sacheen Littlefeather in 1973 who gave a speech for Marlon Brando. Inclusion was deep in every part of this years Oscar’s, the academy has seen the industry change for 90 years at a slow pace but now has caught up to the real world in such things.

Tremendous win for Guillermo del Toro winning best director award for The Shape of Water, clearly an emotional moment for the director, saying in his acceptance speech “I am an immigrant… like many, many of you, and in the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own. I think the greatest thing that our art does and our industry does is erase the lines in the sand.”

Towards the end of this almost 4 hour event the big 3 awards came rolling in hard and fast starting with a very predictable win for Gary Oldman for best actor. A win that’s been on the cards for many years with the amazing body of work in his career, the other nominees didn’t have a chance but this year most categories were to the brim with solid films. Next came the fantastic win of best actress that went to Francis McDormand for 3 Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. The speech was made 1000 times better in that moment by Frances asking all women nominated to stand up with her.

Best picture winner went to The Shape of Water in what was an very tough selection of films and is now the second fantasy film ever after Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to receive an Oscar. A grand total of 4 Oscars during the night for The Shape of Water which also gave it the highest winner count.

Full list of categories and their winners:

BEST FILM

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape Of Water (WINNER)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water (WINNER)

BEST ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins

Frances McDormand (WINNER)

Margot Robbie

Saoirse Ronan

Meryl Streep

BEST ACTOR

Timothy Chalamet

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Kaluuya

Gary Oldman (WINNER)

Denzel Washington

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick

Get Out (WINNER)

Ladybird

The Shape Of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)

The Disaster Artist

Logan

Molly’s Game

Mudbound

ANIMATED FEATURE

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco (WINNER)

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

SONG

Mudbound

Call Me By Your Name

Coco (WINNER)

Marshall

The Greatest Showman

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Abacus

Faces Places

Icarus (WINNER)

Last Men In Aleppo

Strong Island

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Edith & Eddie

Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405 (WINNER)

Heroin(e)

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

On Body & Soul

Loveless

The Square

A Fantastic Woman (WINNER)

The Insult

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe

Woody Harrelson

Richard Jenkins

Christopher Plummer

Sam Rockwell (WINNER)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Mary J Blige

Allison Janney (WINNER)

Lesley Manville

Laurie Metcalf

Octavia Spencer

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape Of Water (WINNER)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

The Shape Of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty & The Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread (WINNER)

The Shape Of Water

Victoria & Abdul

BEST SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk (WINNER)

The Shape Of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk (WINNER)

The Shape Of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Dear Basketball (WINNER)

Garden Party

Lou

Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

DeKalk Elementary

The 11 O’Clock

My Nephew Emmett

The Silent Child (WINNER)

Watu Wote

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape Of Water (WINNER)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War For The Planet Of The Apes

EDITING

Baby Driver

Dunkirk (WINNER)

I, Tonya

The Shape Of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MAKE-UP AND HAIR

Darkest Hour (WINNER)

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder