And the Oscar winners are…

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Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year.

Cassiana Pozzi, editor-in-chief

The 90th Academy Award Oscars aired Sunday, March 4 on ABC, live from the Dolby Theater in California. Host Jimmy Kimmel delivered again this year, taking a few jabs at the offenders of Hollywood and our president. But the main focus was who would take home best motion picture. The fight was mainly against The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside  Ebbing, Missouri, with Ladybird, Call Me By Your Name, Phantom Thread, The Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Post, and Get Out following closely behind. Some winners came as a surprise, but what didn’t surprise audiences was the amount of gold Shape of Water took home.

To start the night, Best Supporting Actor awards went to first time winners Allison Janney, from I, Tonya, and Sam Rockwell, from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Best Actor awards were given to Frances McDormand, from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Gary Oldman, from The Darkest Hour. Other important awards were given to Blade Runner 2049 for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Coco also went home with a few awards including Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. “Remember Me” was the winning song featured in Coco and was performed live by Miguel and Gael Garcia Bernal that night. Basketball star Kobe Bryant had received his first Oscar for Dear Basketball, the Best Animated Short Film of the year. Call Me By Your Name won it’s only award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay Writing and Get Out won for Best Original Screenplay. Best Director went to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. And for the biggest award of the night, The Shape of Water also took home Best Picture, and two others for a total of four Oscar wins.  

And what’s an award show these days without some sort of targeted jokes to Harvey Weinstein and other disgracers. Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the night with this small monologue, “Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood,” Kimmel said as he moved close to the life-sized Oscar statue onstage, “And there’s a very good reason why, just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never says a rude word. … He is literally a statue of limitations. And that’s the kind of men we need more of in this town!” Even Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t safe from Kimmel’s shots. “Another young actor nominated for the first time is Timothée Chalamet,” said Kimmel, referring to the Best Actor nominees performance in a gay coming-of-age love story. “He’s the star of a small but powerful story, Call Me By Your Name. Only two of the Best Picture movies made more than $100 million. That’s not the point. We don’t make films for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”

Another great aspect of the award show itself was the amazing live performers and list of presenters. Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Common, Keala Settle, and Sufjan Stevens all made appearances on stage performing original songs from films such as Mudbound, Marshall, The Greatest Showman, and Call Me By Your Name. And as for presenters, some iconic women took the stage that night. The list of Hollywood legends include Eva Marie Saint, 93, Best Supporting Actress winner for On the Waterfront (1955); Rita Moreno, 86, Best Supporting Actress winner for West Side Story (1962); and Jane Fonda, 80, Best Actress winner for Klute (1972). And what’s a group of powerful women without a powerful message to express? Actresses Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek made appearances to speak upon the #TimesUp and the #MeToo movement, which still hasn’t left the spotlight in today’s entertainment news. Adding to the heat of today’s politics, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave in 2013 who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, and Kumail Nanjiani, an immigrant from Pakistan who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick in 2018, expressed their support to the immigrants and dreamers that face the possible threat of deportation. “We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America,” Nyong’o stated.

Moving away from all the controversy, it was truly a night for celebration, marking this years Oscar’s as the 90th in history. The three and a half hour long telecast saluted the history of Hollywood with specialized videos and a uniquely designed stage that resembled old 30’s movie palaces. Even the opening of the award show involved a spoof film rendered in black and white of all the stars present that night. For individual categories, the previous winners were displayed on screen in montages, establishing a sense of nostalgia to film fanatics. The memorable moments of the night involved empowering messages and sentimentality, further reminding people the magic of movies and the true greatness of Hollywood.

But what’s an award show without a few nominees getting snubbed? The greatest one of the night was Lady Bird, receiving zero wins for the categories it was nominated in; Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. A lot of Oscar watchers protested at Gary Oldman’s win for Best Actor, in light of his past domestic abuse charges. Denzel Washington, Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, and Daniel Day Lewis all lost in that category, despite the group’s powerful performances, but that was the academy’s decision. Baby Driver and Star Wars: The Last Jedi both lost when it came to awards in sound and score, adding to the small list of disagreeable choices. The snubs of the night are not particularly important in the overall picture. Jordan Peele, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Kobe Bryant, Roger Deakins, and James Ivory were all first time winners this year, each bringing home gold for bringing to life the greatest movies of 2017.