Oscar Recap 2018

"The Shape of Water" won four Oscars and was the big winner, while fellow Best Picture nominees "Dunkirk," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Darkest Hour" took two apiece. 

We knew going in that the Oscars were going to be predictable, and by and large they were. The two biggest question marks were Original Screenplay and Best Picture -- Jordan Peele took Original Screenplay for "Get Out," while "The Shape of Water" grabbed Best Picture as well as Best Director, Production Design and and Original Score. This year's indie darling and crowd favorite "Lady Bird" went home empty handed, to the dismay of many.

Below are my thoughts, observations and general musings while watching the 90th Annual Academy Awards:

-Jimmy Kimmel's monologue feels bogged down by the issues facing Hollywood this year. Cute old-timey intro, but the rest feels labored rather than a celebration, though of course the social issues are foremost on our minds. Note: He mentioned Jordan Peele is only the third person in Oscar history to be nominated for Screenplay, Directing and Best Picture for his feature film directorial debut. The first two were Warren Beatty for "Heaven Can Wait" (he lost all three) and James L. Brooks for "Terms of Endearment" (he won all three).

-I like the gag of the jet ski competition for the shortest acceptance speech -- clever! 

-Sam Rockwell wins Supporting Actor! Any win for "Three Billboards" -- my favorite film of 2017 -- is a good thing.

-It's story time for Eva Marie Saint before awarding Costume Design. I don't mind this -- she's living Hollywood history.

-Surprise: "Faces Places" does not win Documentary Feature as many predicted. One of the co-directors of the film, Agnes Varda, is the oldest ever Oscar nominee at 89 years young.

-Awkward alert! Ansel Elgort and Eiza Gonzalez present Sound Editing and Sound Mixing -- two categories their movie "Baby Driver" was nominated for -- to "Dunkirk"!

-Kudos to Allison Janney for winning Supporting Actress for "I, Tonya," and for saying "I did it all myself" to begin her speech. Giving us a laugh makes us more eager to hear what else she has to say, which is not the case for all the winners. Plus, the wife approves of her dress.

-Kobe Bryant = Oscar winner! It's surreal for any basketball fan right now. Damn. 

-Cute gag to crash the screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" with so many stars, but you can't help but think three things: 1) Aren't the people going to be annoyed the movie is interrupted? and 2) If those people cared about the Oscars and/or these stars, wouldn't they be watching the Oscars? 3) My goodness, security! How do we know the celebrities are safe in a room full of hundreds of random people? No doubt there are some casual-clothed security guards, but man.

-A lot of sass out of Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish before presenting two awards. Funny stuff, ladies!

-#MeToo and #TimesUp tribute -- expected, touching, poignant. But remember: Change takes time. And this will take time. The surge of energy felt now needs to be maintained to truly feel the impact of the movement.

-James Ivory becomes the oldest winner in Oscar history by taking Adapted Screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name." He is one week younger than Agnes Varda, who lost tonight.

-Jordan Peele wins Original Screenplay for "Get Out"! The theory that the love will be spread around tonight is certainly in play. At 10:40 p.m. ET, and good two hours and 40 minutes into the broadcast, only "Dunkirk" has won more than one award. 

-It's about damn time! Roger Deakins wins Cinematography for "Blade Runner 2049." It was his 14th nomination and first win. He also shot "The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "No Country For Old Man," "Skyfall" and many more absolutely gorgeous films. This was long overdue.

-No surprise that Guillermo Del Toro took Director, Gary Oldman took Best Actor, and Frances McDormand won Best Actress. Nice gesture by McDormand to have all the nominated women from every category stand up for a moment of recognition. McDormand may come across as a bit kooky, but she's incredibly smart and a tremendous actress.

-"The Shape of Water" wins Best Picture. It's good for many reasons, but it's also about a woman who falls in love with a fish. I don't care what anyone says, that's weird.

List of winners:

Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Documentary Feature: Icarus
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Production Design: The Shape of Water
Foreign-Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball
Animated Feature Film: Coco
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Film Editing: Dunkirk
Documentary Short Subject: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Original Screenplay: Get Out
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Original Score: The Shape of Water
Original Song: Coco
Directing: The Shape of Water
Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Total wins by movie:

Three Billboards - 2
Darkest Hour - 2
Phantom Thread - 1
Icarus - 1
Dunkirk - 3
The Shape of Water - 4
A Fantastic Woman - 1
I, Tonya - 1
Dear Basketball - 1
Coco - 2
Blade Runner 2049 - 2
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 - 1
The Silent Child - 1
Call Me By Your Name - 1
Get Out - 1

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