'The Shape Of Water' Named Best Picture At 90th Annual Academy Awards

Irene MckinneyMar 06, 2018

With a leading 13 nominations, the film took home the night's top prizes, also winning Best Picture, Best Director and Production Design.

It's hard to imagine that this film would have won Best Picture at any other point in recent Hollywood history.

India had missed the Oscar race in the foreign film category this year with Newton being ousted in initial stages of the shortlist.

"Thirty years ago when the business just started up there, the people up there began to learn from the best in the world and now they are some of the best in the world".

Doug Jones, the faceless man behind many of Hollywood's most known characters, has played part in Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Hellboy II.

Bankrolled by the Beijing-based company, "Darkest Hour" and "Phantom Thread" won the Oscars for Best Actor ("Darkest Hour"), Best Makeup & Hairstyling ("Darkest Hour") and Best Costume Design ("Phantom Thread").

Dale and del Toro share the award for producing the merman drama, which was shot in Toronto and Hamilton.

The host, Jimmy Kimmel, joked in the opening monologue that the Oscar statue set an example for Hollywood: "He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and literally doesn't have a (male organ)".

Once the women were on their feet, she said: "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

Guillermo del Toro, left, and J. Miles Dale at the Oscars press room on Sunday. That's a contractual rider that enables the signatory to demand greater diversity in casting and the crew.

Coco was named as Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2018, and co-director Lee Unkrich dedicated the honour to the people and culture of Mexico, saying "representation matters".

James Ivory, 89, became the oldest victor of an Oscar for the gay coming of age drama Call Me by Your Name, in the best adapted screenplay category. And Jordan Peele became the first African-American original screenplay victor for Get Out.

Allison Janney won best supporting actress for her turn as the cold, sardonic mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya" - capping a sparkling awards season which saw her sweep the major prizes. In the first scene of the movie, we see the protagonist of the story, Elisa, in an underwater dream sequence floating in her apartment while she sleeps.

"It's like if you've ever been in a vehicle crash, how it all goes through extreme slow-motion".

Nanjiani added: "Actually, I have to complain".

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong'o to salute the so-called Dreamers - immigrants brought to the US illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation.

If you're the kind of person who writes fanfiction, don't let anybody tell you that your chosen art medium is worthless. The real Chris Pine... "I'm going home with these two babies".

The Time's Up and Me Too movements, prompted by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, were given the spotlight during a moving segment of the ceremony, while Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra, who are all Weinstein accusers, appeared on stage together.

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