Oscars 2018: list of winners

In an almost completely unsurprising list of winners, inclusion and representation took centre stage. Those and the jet ski.

Oscars 2018: list of winners

This list is very pleasing, but very, very safe. The Shape of Water took most awards with four including Best Picture and Best Director. Any somewhat unexpected decision was far from an upset. I expected Mary J. Blige to get Best Supporting Actress for Mudbound and Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor to get Best Original Screenplay for The Shape of Water but these awards going to Allison Janney for I, Tonya and Jordan Peele for Get Out instead caused no eyelids to be batted. Especially in the case of Peele, which signifies the first time a Black person won the Best Original Screenplay award.

Instead, talking points came in the acceptance speeches. At the top, Frances McDormand, in her acceptance for Best Actress, encouraged every female nominee of the evening to stand up in order that everyone could see them and know that they have projects that they need financing. The ended with the word "inclusion rider" which is a clause in a contract that allows someone to only enter that contract if the studio can ensure a inclusive cast and crew wherein people are paid equally based on gender and ethnicity.

Poignantly, the Academy had Jimmy Kimmel and a number of award presenters including Ashley Judd address Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo campaign.

Elsewhere, producers of Best Animated Film, Coco, spoke of creating a film where the marginalised had the opportunity to see themselves on screen. Similarly, one of the makers of Best Short Film, The Silent Child, a British film whose makers were once in Hollyoaks, delivered the speech in sign language. A heartwarming speech came from Guillermo del Toro as he was awarded Best Director, in which he mentions his fellow Mexican-born nominees and expresses gratitude to the industry for welcoming immigrants as it "erases lines in the sand...when the world tells us to make them deeper."

Then, Roger Deakins, who had been nominated 14 times throughout his career, finally picked up his first Oscar for Best Cinematography for the stunning Blade Runner 2049.

Host, Jimmy Kimmel, came up with a fairly funny running gag for the evening. While presenters habitually riff off how painfully long the ceremony is in various ways, Kimmel offered the deliverer of the shortest speech a humongous, green jet ski, showcased by Helen Mirren in shopping fashion style, no less. That went to the winner of Best Costume Design for Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges.

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Director

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
WINNER: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
WINNER: The Shape of Water


WINNER: Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
WINNER: Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Animated Short Film

WINNER: Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Live-Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
WINNER: The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Original Score

Phantom Thread
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Visual Effects

WINNER: Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Film Editing

Baby Driver
WINNER: Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Makeup And Hairstyling

WINNER: Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER: A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden

Best Documentary Short Subject

Edith and Eddie
WINNER: Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Documentary Feature

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
WINNER: Icarus
Last Man in Aleppo
Strong Island

Original Song

“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
WINNER: “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent


Bhavesh Jadva

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  • E M

    On 1 August 2018, 10:46 E M commented:

    I hope one day maybe I'll get an Oscar

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