Oscars – The Shape Of Water Won As Best Picture
The Shape Of Water won four of the 13 Oscars it was nominated for, including best director for Guillermo del Toro who appears in this picture celebrating the triumph – Photo: (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP).
The Shape Of Water won four of the 13 Oscars it was nominated for, including best director for Guillermo del Toro.
Bringing an end to one of the most wide open best picture races in years, The Shape of Water — a fantastical fable about a mute woman who falls in love with an aquatic creature — claimed the top prize Sunday night at the 90th Academy Awards, beating out a strong field of eight rivals that included box office hits like Dunkirk and Get Out as well as smaller, more intimate fare such as Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird.
Marking a moment of redemption for the Oscars themselves, the award for The Shape Of Water was presented by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, central players in last year’s shocking mix-up, in which the musical La La Land was mistakenly named best picture over the actual winner, Moonlight. (“This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away,” returning host Jimmy Kimmel joked in one of several nods to the bungle throughout the night. “Give us a minute. We don’t want another thing.”)
Frances McDormand won the best actress prize for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and gave an energetic speech in which she encouraged all the female nominees from the night to stand up with her.
She said: “Meryl (Streep), if you do it, everyone else will.”
McDormand continued: “Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.
“Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight, invite us into your office, we’ll tell you all about them.
“I have two words to leave you with tonight – inclusion rider.”
McDormand’s co-star Sam Rockwell was named best supporting actor at Oscars, while Allison Janney won best supporting actress for I, Tonya.
British cinematographer Roger Deakins finally clinched a gold statue for his work on Blade Runner 2049 on his 14th nomination, while Jordan Peele won the best original screenplay gong for Get Out.
Kimmel addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal as he opened this Oscars 2018.
He said: “The Academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks.
“There were a lot of great nominees but Harvey deserved it the most.
“The Academy kicked him out and after they did I was curious so I looked it up, the only other person to be expelled was a character actor called Carmine Caridi, in 2004, who was kicked out for sharing screeners.
“Carmine Caridi got the same punishment as Harvey Weinstein for giving his neighbour a copy of Seabiscuit on VHS.
“What happened with Harvey and what is happening all over was long overdue.
“We can’t let bad behaviour slide anymore, the world is watching us and we need to set an example and the truth is if we are successful and if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”
The scandal was also given the spotlight during a moving segment about the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, while Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra, who are all Weinstein accusers, appeared on stage together.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by scores of actresses. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.