The Shape Of Water, Frances McDormand And Gary Oldman, Big Winners At The 2018 Academy Awards

After leading the way with 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home 4 statues at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

While a lot of the awards that were handed out Sunday evening were fairly easy to predict (usually it was down to a couple of choices at most as to who would win), the Best Picture Oscar could have gone a lot of ways. In the end however The Shape of Water took home the award. The film also took home the Best Director statue for Guillermo del Toro, as well as Original Score and Production Design. Before accepting the statue for Best Picture del Toro jokingly checked the envelope first to make sure his film had indeed won, in reference to last year’s error that had La La Land announced as the winner when it was really Moonlight. During his acceptance speech del Toro said “I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico. I thought this could never happen – it happens. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”

Another of the possible choices for Best Picture, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, helped star Frances McDormand take home her second Best Actress Oscar, while her co-star Sam Rockwell took home the Best Supporting Actor statue. As expected, Gary Oldman finally won a Best Actor trophy for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The character actor had only ever been nominated once before for an Oscar, even though he’s played some of the most memorable characters over the span of thirty-plus years. Allison Janney took home the final acting trophy, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in I, Tonya. During her speech she even thanked the parrot that was seen sitting on her shoulder throughout the film. 

Some other notable awards included Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which won three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), James Ivory becoming the oldest Oscar winner ever at 90 by winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography after 14 nominations, and Jordan Peele’s history making win for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Peele became the first ever black screenwriter to win that particular Oscar.

Overall the 2018 was much calmer than the previous year’s event, but in doing so it was much more predictable. And even though the night started 20 minutes earlier than usual, the event still didn’t end until past midnight. They really do need to find a way to shorten the event, or audiences will continue to tune out. 

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