Stars rolled up to the red carpet on March 4 for the 90th annual Oscars with all the glitz and glamour associated with the famous awards show. The night began with an introduction from second-time host Jimmy Kimmel with comedic jokes that highlighted important issues in the film industry such as women’s rights, harassment in the industry and Hollywood being more inclusive of minorities.
Throughout the night, there were also a few videos that showcased important issues and memories, such as a look back through 90 years of movies, a video calling attention to the Time’s Up and #Me Too movements, and the annual “In Memoriam” video in remembrance of those who had died in the industry over the past year.
In between awards, there were also a number of performances of songs up for the best original song award which included Mary J. Blige singing “Mighty River,” Miguel singing “Remember Me,” Sufjan Stevens singing “Mystery of Love” and Keala Settle singing “This is Me”.
Ever since the nominations were sent out for this year’s Oscars, there has been speculations about which movies would take home each award. The reveals at the ceremony were met with cheers, surprise, and in some cases, even confusion.
Sam Rockwell took home the award for Actor in a Supporting Role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Those who worked on Makeup and Hairstyling in “Darkest Hour” took home the award. Mark Bridges received the award for Costume design for “Phantom Thread.” “Icarus” received the Best Documentary Feature award. “Dunkirk” was given the award for Sound editing as well as the award for Achievement in Sound Mixing. “The Shape of Water” received the award for Achievement in Production Design. The Foreign Language Film was awarded to “A Fantastic Woman.”
Allison Janey took home the award for Actress in a Supporting Role for “I, Tonya.” “Dear Basketball” won the award for Animated Short Film. “Coco” won the award for Animated Feature Film. “Blade Runner 2049” received the award for Visual Effects. “Dunkirk” won the award for Achievement in Film Editing. “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” won the award for Documentary Short Subject. “The Silent Child” received the award for Live Action Short Film. “Call Me by Your Name” won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. “Get Out” won the award for Best Original Screenplay. “Blade Runner 2049” won the award for Cinematography. Alexandre Desplat took home the award for Original Score for “The Shape of Water.” “Remember Me” from “Coco” won the award for Original Song. Guillermo del Toro won the award for Directing for “The Shape of Water.”
Gary Oldman took the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Darkest Hour.” Frances McDormand took the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Finally, to end the night “The Shape of Water” took home the award for Best Picture.
Mark Bridges, the winner of the award for costume design, also took home a secondary award that night that Kimmel had promised to the recipient with the shortest acceptance speech.
With “The Shape of Water” receiving 13 nominations for the Oscars, it came as little surprise when they took home the most awards at only four. “Dunkirk” came close behind with three awards and “Darkest Hour” followed behind that at two. The 90th Oscars awards had humor, serious talks on certain issues and winners that will let the milestone of the awards show go down in history.