We may wish we could forget last year’s painful best-picture flub, but these Oscars moments will be burned in our memories.
The Oscars went all in for a tale of a lady and her beloved fish-man.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water picked up four honors — including the night’s big prize, best picture — at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night. Del Toro took home best director for his film, which also won for original score and production design.
The acting Oscars went to a bevy of favorites this awards season. Frances McDormand received best actress for the darkly comedic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while her co-star Sam Rockwell was named best supporting actor. Gary Oldman won best actor for playing Winston Churchill in the World War II drama Darkest Hour, and Allison Janney earned her first Academy Award — for supporting actress — for the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya.
History was made in the writing categories: Get Out filmmaker Jordan Peele became the first African American to take original screenplay, and 89-year-old James Ivory is now the oldest Oscar winner after winning adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name.
Here’s a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of the Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel:
11:40: Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty get a standing ovation for their second time giving out best picture following last year’s snafu. And the winner is … The Shape of Water! Guillermo del Toro looks at the card to make sure he really won and is very excited. “I want to dedicate this to the youth that shows us how things are done,” says the filmmaker. I was a kid enamored with movies growing up in Mexico. I never thought this could happen and it happens. This is a door; kick it open and come in.”
11:34: As expected, Frances McDormand is named best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “This is what Chloe Kim must have felt like doing back to back 1080s on the halfpipe,” she says, making an Olympic reference before asking every female nominee of the night to stand up in a powerful moment. “Look around, everybody, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. … I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider.”
11:24: Gary Oldman concludes his run through awards season by winning best actor for Darkest Hour. “I owe this and so much more to so many,” he says. “I’ve lived in America for some time and I’m grateful to her for the many friendships and many gifts it’s given me: my livelihood, my family and now Oscar.”
11:05: Guillermo del Toro is named best director for The Shape of Water. “I am an immigrant … like many of you,” he says. “The greatest thing that art does — and our industry does — is erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”
11:05: Eddie Vedder covers the late Tom Petty’s Room at the Top for the annual “In Memoriam” segment.
11:02: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez follow up their original song Oscar for Let It Go four years ago with one for the Coco tune Remember Me. “This is for my mom who passed away,” Bobby Lopez says. “If you knew her, you remember her.”
10:59:The Shape of Water composer Alexandre Desplat takes home his second original score Oscar (after previously winning for The Grand Budapest Hotel). “Thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters,” he says in a shoutout to director Guillermo del Toro.
10:51: Keala Settle has an army of clapping backup singers with her to sing This Is Me, the original song nominee from The Greatest Showman.
10:49: After 14 career nominations, Roger A. Deakins finally wins an Oscar for cinematography. “I really love my job, I’ve been doing it a long time as you can see,” Deakins says, thanking all those who’ve worked with him over four decades. “This is for every one of them.”
10:37:Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele gets a big win for original screenplay, and becomes the first African American to receive the honor. “This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie 20 times because I thought it was impossible,” he says. “I knew if somebody would let me make this movie, that people would go see it and hear it.”
10:32: James Ivory becomes Oscars’ oldest winner — at 89 — taking adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name. He thanks novelist André Aciman for a story “familiar to most of us, whether we’re straight or gay or somewhere in between. We’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side emotionally intact.”
10:19: Common raps and Andra Day belts during a performance of Marshall‘s original song nominee, Stand Up for Something.
10:12: Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph are out bantering together before handing out a couple of shorts Oscars. “Hi Meryl. I want you to be my mama one day,” Haddish says to Meryl Streep. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 gets best documentary short, while The Silent Child takes the honor for live-action short.
10:07: Jimmy Kimmel takes a party including Mark Hamill, Gal Gadot, Guillermo del Toro and Margot Robbie to a nearby theater to hand out candy and snacks. “This is so much better than the Oscars!” Gadot exclaims to the crowd. Also: Ansel Elgort is not great with a hot dog cannon.
10:00: History is made and hugs are shared when Kimmel’s sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez meets best director nominee Guillermo del Toro.
9:56:Dunkirk picks up its third technical achievement of the night, for best editing. This is the most awesome thing that can happen to a guy like me,” Lee Smith says during his acceptance speech.
9:53: The sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 wins for best visual effects.
9:44: Next up on the original song playlist? Sufjan Stevens performs Mystery of Love from Call Me By Your Name.
9:40: Another Pixar movie, another Oscar win: Coco snags the trophy for best animated feature. Director Lee Unkrich thanks the people of Mexico: “Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With Coco, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”
9:38: Kobe Bryant now has an Oscar! His Dear Basketball takes best animated short. “As basketball players, we’re supposed to just shut up and dribble but we’re capable of more than that,” Bryant says, seemingly a response to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s remarks about LeBron James.
9:29: Allison Janney finally has some extra hardware to add to her shelf of seven Emmys: She gets her first Oscar, for supporting actress. “I did it all by myself,” jokes the I, Tonya star, earning great cheers from the crowd. She thanks her fellow cast, including the bird “who elevated my work.” (Playing Tonya Harding’s mom in I, Tonya, Janney shares some scenes with a parakeet.)
9:24: Chile’s A Fantastic Woman is named best foreign-language film. “This is an amazing gift,” says director Sebastián Lelio.
9:14: Gael Garcia Bernal comes out to give a quiet acoustic rendition of Coco‘s original song Remember Me, giving way to Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade picking up the tune with backup dancers and mariachi trumpets.
9:10:The Shape of Water gets its first Oscar of the evening for production design.
8:58: The harrowing World War II drama Dunkirk receives a pair of Oscars back to back: sound mixing and sound editing.
8:47: Supporting actress contender Mary J. Blige brings the gospel power in a performance of her original song nominee from Mudbound, Mighty River.
8:40:Icarus, about doping in the competitive world of international cycling, wins best documentary. “We hope Icarus is a wake-up call about, yes, Russia but also about telling the truth, now more than ever,” says director Bryan Fogel.
8:32: Not surprisingly, the very fashionable Phantom Thread takes best costume design.
8:25:Darkest Hour wins for best makeup. Kazuhiro Tsuji, who transformed Gary Oldman into English statesman Winston Churchill, paid tribute to the best actor nominee: “It was a real honor to be on this incredible journey with you. You are a wonderful actor, a dedicated artist and a true friend.”
8:18: The first award of the night — best supporting actor — goes to Sam Rockwell of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “I’d like to thank the Academy — never thought I’d say those words,” says Rockwell, accepting his first Oscar trophy. He’s also grateful to his “formidable” co-star Frances McDormand, “incredible” castmates and “anybody who ever looked at a billboard.” Rockwell ends his speech by dedicating his Oscar to “my old buddy,” the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
8:02: Kimmel arrives on stage. “This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away,” he quips about last year’s Envelopegate debacle. Kimmel reminds that Oscar is 90 years old, “which means he’s at home right now watching Fox News,” and he’s safe in the days of Hollywood bad behavior. “He keeps his hands where you can see them. … He is literally a statue of limitations.” And after the success of Wonder Woman and Black Panther, he says he can still remember a time when studios thought a woman or person of color couldn’t open a blockbuster. “I remember that time because it was March of last year.” Kimmel calls out young Timothee Chalamet and jokes he’s missing Paw Patrol to be at the show: “Don’t worry, Ryder and his pups are here to save the day.” The Shape of Water also gets a shoutout from the stage. “Thanks to Guillermo (del Toro), we will always remember this is the year that men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish,” Kimmel says.
8:00: The show opens with a retro black-and-white joke montage, pointing out that Emma Stone isn’t winning best actress again and Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman rules Wakanda (“Imagine a country with a black leader. Wouldn’t that be swell?”).
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