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Shape of Water, Three Billboards and Anti-harassment Activism Big Winners at 90th Academy Awards
3/6/2018 9:11:29 AM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) - The favorites lived-up to their top billing at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with The Shape of Water; Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dominating the major awards.

The monster-human love story, The Shape of Water, won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. The movie received a record 13 Oscar nominations, but went home with only four. It also won Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat and Best Production Design. The Oscar is del Toro's first ever.

"The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand," said del Toro, accepting the Oscar for Best Director.

Best Actress went to Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a movie about an angry mother bent on justice for her murdered daughter. It was McDormand's second Oscar for Best Actress. She won the same award in 1997 for Fargo.

McDormand asked all the female nominees to stand up.

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing," she said. "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider" -- referring to actors signing contracts that mandate a film's gender and racial inclusivity.

Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for his stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The team that made him look remarkably like the World War II British leader won the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Oldman thanked his nearly 99-year-old mother. "Put the kettle on," he said. "I'm bringing Oscar home."

Two other actors won their first Oscars: Allison Janney as Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya and Sam Rockwell as Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards. Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his horror sensation, Get Out. He is the first African-American to win this award. Peele said he stopped writing it "20 times," skeptical that it would ever get made.

With talk show host Jimmy Kimmel returning as emcee, this year's Oscars took place amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and new movements like Time's Up. Kimmel criticized the movie industry's poor record for female directors and equal pay.

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore," said Kimmel. "The world is watching us."

Here are the winners of the major awards:

Best Picture

The Shape of Water

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actor

Gary Oldman -- 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

Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Best Film Editing


Best Sound Mixing

Dunkirk (Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker & Gary A. Rizzo)

Best Sound Editing

Dunkirk (Richard King & Alex Gibson)

Best Original Score

The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Original Song

"Remember Me" -- Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

Best Animated Feature


Best Costume Design

Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)

Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball

Best Documentary Feature


Best Documentary Short

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best Foreign Language Film

Fantastic Woman (Chile)

Best Production Design

The Shape of Water

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour

Best Live-Action Short Film

The Silent Child

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