The Shape of Water was the big winner at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards, which was short on surprises.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars after their epic mix-up at last year’s ceremony. They announced The Shape of Water as Best Picture. And this time the duo got it right on the first try.
Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for The Shape of Water. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to be so honored. He said, “The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand.” The fantasy flick, which had a leading 13 nominations, also took home Best Original Score.
As expected, Frances McDormand was named Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In an emotional speech, she asked the female nominees in the audience to stand. She then made a plea for more stories from women. “We all have stories to tell. Invite us into your offices and we’ll tell you all about them.”
Gary Oldman was named Best Actor for his turn as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. He said, “I’ve lived in America for the longest time and I’m deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me: my home, my livelihood, my family, and now Oscar.”
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) won in the supporting acting categories.
All of the acting honorees as well as del Toro and The Shape of Water also won at this year’s Golden Globes.
Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay. He said he stopped writing Get Out “20 times” because he didn’t believe it would ever get made. “But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it. So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”
- Best Picture: The Shape of Water
- Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
- Best Actor: Gary Oldman, The Darkest Hour
- Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I Tonya
- Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
- Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
- Best Animated Feature Film: Coco
- Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
- Best Documentary – Feature: Icarus
- Best Documentary – Short Subject: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
- Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child
- Best Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
- Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
- Best Original Song: “Remember Me” – Coco
- Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King
- Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
- Best Production Design: The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
- Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
- Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
- Best Film Editing: Dunkirk, Lee Smith
- Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer