Friday, 21 September, 2018

Shape of Water wins best picture at Oscars 2018

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER 90th Oscars Speech: THE SHAPE OF WATER; Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale (BEST PICTURE)
Ivan Hill | 06 March, 2018, 01:55

The 90th Academy Awards crowned Guillermo del Toro's monster fable "The Shape of Water" best picture at an Oscars that confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era and sought to pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business.

Disgraced mogul Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by scores of actresses.

Best supporting actor Sam Rockwell, best actress Frances McDormand, best supporting actress Allison Janney, and best actor Gary Oldman pose backstage with their Oscar trophies.

As expected, Britain's Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for playing World War Two leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros.'"Darkest Hour," while Frances McDormand's woman in a vengeful fury was a popular best actress victor for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars stage to present the final award of the night a year after the best picture fiasco when they mistakenly announced La La Land as the victor rather than Moonlight.

"We all have stories to tell. That's the kind of man we need more of", he said. Thirteen years! Are you screaming yet?

With the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality dominating the 2018 awards circuit, this year's Oscars gala was seen as an opportunity for Tinseltown to support female filmmaking. "We should continue to do that", he said in his acceptance speech.

Double trouble: These actors were in multiple Oscar-nominated films this year
Goldberg kept the show moving at a brisk pace, poking fun at everyone from alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss to Lorena Bobbitt. There are 24 Oscar categories, but most folks tune in for the Big 4 - best picture , actor , actress and director .


There was also the first nod in history for a female cinematographer, Rachel Morrison, who shot Dee Rees's racial drama "Mudbound" although the award ended up going to Roger Deakins on his 14th attempt, for "Blade Runner 2049".

Rap artist Common and singer Andra Day brought the leaders of several activist movements, including #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, onstage for a performance of their Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something".

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation "Get Out", becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay.

The award was presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who had been involved in last year's mix-up over La La Land and Moonlight.

As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around, Dunaway joked.

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