Fantasy romance epic The Shape of Water lead the way with four wins at the 90th annual Academy Awards. A mercilessly long show, clocking in at roughly four hours, did not have the same aura of calamity surrounding as last year, but there was a great degree of notable news and headlines.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water came into the night with 13 nominations, winning four including Best Director (del Toro) and the coveted Best Picture trophy. The four wins topped the night for films overall, with Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk banking three wins, with Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri all earning two wins.
The four best actor/actress awards went as predicted to betting favourites, with Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while clear cut favourites Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) earned Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
An evening punctuated with efforts by the Academy and Hollywood elite to push inclusion, a welcome change to past years, saw a number of notable firsts and newsworthy moments. Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) became the first person to be nominated for a performance and songwriting accolade in the same year, Rachel Morrison of Phantom Thread became the first woman to ever be nominated for Best Cinematography, Dee Rees was the first black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Jordan Peele (who walked away with Best Original Screenplay for his gripping Get Out) became the fifth black filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, the first black filmmaker to win Best Original Screenplay and the first black filmmaker to receive nominations for producing, directing and writing in the same year.
Canada’s own Christopher Plummer became the oldest ever actor to be nominated for a competitive Academy Award thanks to his last minute stand in in All The Money In The World. Likewise, Meryl Streep broke her own record for the most nominated actor/actress of all-time with her 21st nod for her work in Steven Spielberg’s The Post.
A full list of winners can be found below:
Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Actress: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actor: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney – I,Tonya
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory – Call Me By Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele – Get Out
Best Animated Feature Film: Coco
Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Best Documentary Film: Icarus
Best Documentary Film – Short Subject : Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child
Best Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: “Remember Me” – Coco
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins – Blader Runner 2049
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread
Best Film Editing: Lee Smith – Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049