90th Annual Academy Awards Recap

The 90th annual Academy Awards are now in the history books, and it was a big night for “The Shape of Water.” The film went in with 13 nominations and came out with four, including Best Picture. 

Of course, there were many highlights from the ceremony. 

  • Host Jimmy Kimmel touched on all the relevant topics of the day – Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo and #TimesUp. He also set up the joke of the evening by offering a jet ski for the shortest acceptance speech. He later updated it with a trip to Lake Havasu. 
  • Kobe Bryant picked up an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball.” He addressed the “shut up and dribble” comment in his acceptance speech. 
  • Kimmel, in his quest to thank fans, enlisted several celebrities to take snacks to the people in a theater across the street. Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others passed out hot dogs and other refreshments. 
  • Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stole the show with their shoeless shtick and #OscarSoWhite reference. They assured the audience that while they were Black women, there were plenty more White people in the back. They were so funny that some are calling for them to host next year’s ceremony. 
  • Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani made an appeal for Dreamers while Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, and Annabella Sciorra addressed the #TimesUp movement. 
  • There were quite a few historic moments during the evening. Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to present. The star of the Oscar winning film, “A Fantastic Woman,” introduced a performance by Sufjan Steven. He sang “Mystery of Love,” the Oscar nominated song from the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack. Also, Jordan Peelepicked up the Best Original Screenplay honor for “Get Out.” 
  • The moment of the evening belonged to Frances McDormand. When she won the Best Actress award, she had all the women nominees in the room to stand up. She then proceeded to give an impassioned plea for Hollywood to tell more female stories. She said, “We all have stories to tell. Invite us into your offices and we’ll tell you all about them,” and ended her speech with the two words – inclusion rider. According to the president of The Center for Policing Equity, an inclusion rider is “a clause in an actor’s contract that requires the cast and crew be diverse in order to retain the actor.” 
  • Finally, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came back to present the Best Picture Oscar. This time, they got it right. 
  • Oh, and the Jet Ski went to Mark Bridges, who won the costume design Oscar for “Phantom Thread.” His speech was 36 seconds. 

Here’s a look at the major winners of 90th annual Academy Awards. For a full list, click here.

The 90th annual Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Darkest Hour”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “Phantom Thread”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water” [WINNER]
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” [WINNER]
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” [WINNER]
  • Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
  • Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
  • Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” [WINNER]

Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
  • Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” [WINNER]
  • Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
  • Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
  • Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


  • “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
  • “Get Out,” Jordan Peele
  • “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
  • “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro [WINNER]

Source: Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep

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