After decades of awarding talented people in the film industry with little gold men, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 90th Academy Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, The Oscars 2018 was a night to make history in film and to speak up about important movements and causes.
The Oscars 2018 was a night to make history in film and to speak up about important movements and causes.
Kimmel’s opening dialogue had a focus on positivity. He opened with a joke about the “La La Land” and “Moonlight” mishap, then addressed Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment in the workplace. His main goal was to keep this ceremony a light-hearted and positive event, so he mentioned the great success of “Black Panther” and “Wonder Woman” in theaters. His other goal was to keep the show as short as possible, so he promised that the winner with the shortest acceptance speech would also win a Kawasaki Jet Ski.
After the host’s opening statements, Viola Davis presented the award for Actor in a Supporting Role to Sam Rockwell from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Then, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick won the award for Makeup and Hairstyling for their work in “Darkest Hour” (presented by Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer) and Mark Bridges won the award for Costume Design for his work in “Phantom Thread” (presented by Eva Marie Saint).
After Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern presented the award for Documentary (Feature) to Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogen for “Icarus,” Mary J. Blige performed the song “Mighty River” from “Mudbound.” Mary J. Blige is the first person to ever be nominated for both Actress in a Supporting Role and Music Original Score.
Next, Ansel Elgort and Aza Gonzalez presented the awards for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, both going to “Dunkirk” (Richard King and Alex Gibson for Sound Editing and Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzon and Mark Weingarten for Sound Mixing). Then, Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani spoke about being dreamers and immigrants, and presented the award for Production Design which went to Paul Denham Austerberry (Production Design) and Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin (Set Decoration) from “The Shape of Water.”
After a performance of “Remember Me” from “Coco,” Rita Moreno presented the award for Foreign Language Film to “A Fantastic Women to Chile.” Next, Allison Janney won Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie, Mark Hamill and BB-8 presented the awards for Animated Short Film and Animated Feature Film. Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane won Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball” and Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson won Animated Feature Film for “Coco.” Afterwords, Sufjan Stevens performed “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name.”
After John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover won for Visual Effects for “Blade Runner 2049” and Lee Smith won for Film Editing for “Dunkirk.” Jimmy Kimmel gathered some celebrities to go to the movie theater next door and surprise the audience in an early screening of “A Wrinkle in Time.” After Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Margot Robbie and more surprise the audience, Kimmel pulls a random audience member to introduce Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph.
Haddish and Rudolph comedically addressed the whitewashing of Hollywood and presented the awards for Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film. Frank Stiefel won Documentary Short Subject for “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” and Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton won Live Action Short Film for “The Silent Child.” Afterwards, there was a performance of “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall.”
After Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra spoke about the importance of the Time’s Up movement, James Ivory and “Call Me By Your Name” won Best Adapted Screenplay and Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Then, Wes Studi introduced the montage of the greatest moments from military films to pay tribute to those who have served in the military.
Next, Roger A. Deakins won an award for Cinematography for “Blade Runner 2049” and Keala Settle gave an emotional performance of “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.” Then, “The Shape of Water” (Alexandre Desplat) won its second Oscar for Original Score and “Remember Me” from Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) won for Original Song. After, Eddie Vedder performed “Room at the Top” by the late Tom Petty to honor all of the people in the film industry who lost their lives this year.
To end the night, Guillermo del Toro won an Oscar for Directing for “The Shape of Water,” Gary Oldman won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “Darkest Hour,” Frances McDormand won Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “The Shape of Water” (Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale) won Best Picture.
But, the most esteemed award of the night went to Mark Bridges, who took home the Kawasaki Jet Ski.
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