LOS ANGELES – The 90th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, United States, on Sunday.
Here’s a list of the winners:
The Shape of Water, a drama film directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, has won the Oscar for best picture at the 90th Academy Awards.
The film defeated strong competition from Get Out, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in what was considered the closest Oscar race in recent years.
A mature, yet childlike love story, The Shape of Water is based on an idea Del Toro had as a boy when he first saw the 1950’s cult creature classic Creature of the Black Lagoon. It’s taken him almost 50 years to bring it to the screen.
“I am an immigrant,” del Toro said in his acceptance speech, “The best thing our industry does is to help erase the lines in the sand when the world tries to make them deeper.”
The Shape of Water has made a big splash since its late release on Dec. 1. Made for only 19 million dollars, the film has grossed 126 million dollars worldwide to date.
Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.
Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, the director of fantasy film The Shape of Water, lapped the other contenders to win the Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards.
The contenders are Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) and Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”).
Del Toro, 54, had racked up an impressive lead at other pre-Oscar award ceremonies. He scored Best Director Awards from the prestigious Director’s Guild of America, the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and the British Academy Film and TV Awards.
It was the first Oscar win for del Toro, becoming the third Mexican filmmaker in the last five years to win best Oscar director.
“I am an immigrant,” said del Toro in his acceptance speech. “The best thing our industry does is to help erase the lines in the sand when the world tries to make them deeper,” he added.
Gary Oldman, who is widely considered to be one of Britain’s greatest actors, is finally an Oscar-winning actor following his powerhouse performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
“I would like to thank my mother – she is older than the Oscar, she will be 99 years young next birthday,” Oldman said.
“Thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home!”
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell received Best Supporting Actor at the 90th Academy Awards for his role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on Sunday.
Rockwell, portraying “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” dim-witted, racist cop with anger management issues, garnered widespread acclaim and earned him numerous accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role before the Oscars this year.
This is the first Oscar win for Rockwell.
“I’d like to thank the Academy, never thought I’d say those words,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney won her first Oscar for best supporting actress, sweeping the major awards shows with her unflinching portrayal of Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in “I, Tonya.”
“I did it all by myself,” Janney joked at the opening of her acceptance speech. “Okay, nothing further from the truth.”
She then thanked the Academy and her fellow nominees who “represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession.”
The actress said she was grateful to “I, Tonya” screenwriter Steven Rogers.
Best Foreign Language Film
Sebastian Lelio scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman). This is a first Academy Award win for Chile and was the country’s second ever nomination.
A Fantastic Woman stars Daniela Vega as Marina, a young transgender waitress and singer who is forced to confront suspicion and contempt after the death of her older lover. In another nice dovetail, Vega tonight became the first openly transgender presenter ever at the Oscars.
Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele, 39, who made his name in sketch comedy, won best original screenplay for Get Out at Sunday’s awards – making him the first black screenwriter to receive the honour.
“I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?” tweeted Jordan Peele after receiving the best original screenplay award for Get Out.
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times… I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work.”
Best Costume Design
Mark Bridges took home an Oscar and a jet ski on Sunday at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
The New York native won a lime green Kawasaki jet ski presented by host Jimmy Kimmel for delivering the shortest acceptance speech.
Bridges won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for Phantom Thread during the awards ceremony at Kodak Theatre.
Best Animated Short Film
Former U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant and director Glen Keane won the Best Animated Short Film award for “Dear Basketball”.
The film sees an animated Bryant explain his love of the sport he played professionally for 20 years. Glen Keane, who worked on Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid animated the film, while Oscar-winning composer John Williams provided the soundtrack.
Bryant, who retired from basketball in 2016, has looked to move into film and television since leaving the game. Alongside Dear Basketball, the former LA Lakers star is writing, producing and presenting a series for ESPN called Detail, in which he will analyze the intricacies of the game.