'Shape of Water' wins Best Picture Award of 90th Oscar

Calvin Saunders
March 6, 2018

Nominated for a total of 13 Academy Awards, The Shape of Water also took home trophies for Best Original Music Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), and Best Picture (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale).

The 90th Academy Awards turned Sunday night's ceremony in Los Angeles into a celebration and exhortation of representation and inclusion, after a year marked by seismic cultural change in Hollywood that rippled across the world.

Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won the main acting nods, also in line with expectations and betting odds, for their roles in Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Announcing she "had some things to say", she punctuated her remarks with hysterical laughter. "Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

"I have two words to leave you with tonight - inclusion rider".

Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton won the Oscar for "Best Live Action Short Film" for "The Silent Child".

He said: "I would like to thank my mother, who is older than the Oscars, she is 99 years young next birthday and she's watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa".

It was Oldman's first ever Oscar win, and the Briton thanked the USA for welcoming him years ago.

As expected, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and I, Tonya, respectively. Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk and Paul Thomas Anderson's dark romance Phantom Thread took a clutch of technical awards.

That film yielded the oldest Oscar victor ever: James Ivory, who at 89 picked up a screenplay award for adapting it from the 2007 novel of the same name. Sebastian Lelio directed "A Fantastic Woman" from Chile won the "Best Foreign Language Film" award.

Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra, who went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, jointly presented an emotional montage that channelled the anger and hope of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. On the red carpet, most stars shunned the E! My home, my family and my Oscar, he said in the acceptance speech.

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The best documentary feature award went to "Icarus", a Netflix film about institutionalized doping in Russian athletics and at the Olympics.

What's nice is that nearly all of Shape of Water's fellow best picture nominees also have something to show for their night. Thirteen years! Are you screaming yet? "Give us a minute".

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to present the best picture award after last year's blunder. Del Toro's friends and countrymen Alfonso Cuaron won for "Gravity" in 2013 and Alejandro Inarritu won back-to-back Oscars for "Birdman" in 2014 and "The Revenant" in 2015. "The greatest thing art does and our industry does is erase the lands in the sand".

"We all have stories to tell".

Backstage, the director said artistes have to honour their roots and said he would be bringing his statues to his parents in Mexico.

Last year's 89th Oscars ended in chaos and confusion, making it the talk of the world.

"I did it all by myself", quipped Allison Janney, who won best supporting actress for playing Tonya Harding's snarling, chain-smoking mother in "I, Tonya", adding an Oscar to her seven Emmys (most for her work on the TV show "The West Wing").

The movie - a sci-fi fantasy about a mute woman who falls in love with and helps free a fish-like creature from a government lab - won four Oscars, including Best Director for del Toro.

Kimmel promised a jet ski to the victor who made the shortest speech, weaving in a quiz show vibe to balance the politics.

Mark Bridges won his second Oscar for costume design for the couture gowns of "Phantom Thread", in which Daniel Day-Lewis plays a perfectionist tailor in midcentury London.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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