Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Leading nominee 'The Shape of Water' wins Best Picture award

Leading nominee 'The Shape of Water' wins Best Picture award

Director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nominations, but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri could walk away with the best picture trophy at the end of the night - if they announce the right victor, that is.

Guillermo Del Toro has joined the league os history makers to become the third Mexican to win the Best Director award.

Actress: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

Sam Rockwell accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Gary Oldman, for Darkest Hour.

But the closest thing to a surprise in a major category might have been Jordan Peele's win for best original screenplay for his social critique and horror movie Get Out.

And Jimmy Kimmel, the adorable and hilarious host, showed that he is great as a host (despite the gaffe at the 89th Oscars past year which ultimately did not matter) because he does not shy away from talking about the crucial issues when he quipped: "Oscar is the most important man in Hollywood". This possibly might involve three Harvey Weinstein accusers: Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek, who are all scheduled to be presenters.

Another first time nominee, Allison Janney of I, Tonya, walked away with best supporting actress honors.

Another one of the most frustrating examples was that Lady Bird did not win any awards. Staging a big-tent spectacle to keep the TV ratings from hitting an all-time low, while celebrating films that have, for the most part, not been widely seen. Screenwriter James Ivory, 89, became the oldest Oscar victor in history for his work adapting Call Me By Your Name for the screen.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stole the show presenting the Oscar for best documentary short subject. No possible error, the Oscar for the best film is awarded to... She went with graciousness and thanked everyone, just as a good victor does, and in the end, the prizes went to Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges.

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The futuristic sci-fi drama Blade Runner 2049 wins in the category of Best VFX.

But while Kimmel spent a few moments on the fiasco known as Envelopegate, he expended far more minutes frankly and soberly discussing the parade of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the revelations regarding Weinstein.

Gay romance "Call Me by Your Name" won best adapted screenplay, "A Fantastic Woman", Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman won best foreign language film; and Mexican-inspired "Coco" was named best animated feature.

"Dunkirk" was another big victor, taking home three awards, for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Film Editing.

Hollywoods sexual misconduct scandals threatened to spill onto Oscars red carpet where Ryan Seacrest continued his E! hosting duties after claims of sexual misconduct levied by a former personal stylist. The five perfectly good nominated songs brought out an assortment of fine performers, including Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common, Andra Day, Miguel and even a warbling Gael Garcia Bernal.

In his Best Picture acceptance speech - which he made as producer of the film, rather than as its writer and director - del Toro was briefer and punchier.

It was a celebratory moment at an uncertain time for the studio, one of several Fox film and television businesses in the process of being sold to Walt Disney Co.

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