"The Shape of Water" wins Oscar for Best Picture
March 5, 2018 | 9:25 AM
by Reuters
Oscar winners Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman (L to R) pose backstage. Photo: Reuters

Los Angeles: Sunday's Oscars ceremony offered something for everyone, tackling Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal and last year's best-picture blunder while sharing its awards love with first-timers, LGBT movies and films about other cultures. In a ceremony marked by calls to activism across several fronts, gay romance "Call Me by Your Name" won best adapted screenplay and racial satire "Get Out" won best original screenplay.

Opening the show before an A-list audience of actors and filmmakers, Jimmy Kimmel pulled no punches about the sexual misconduct scandal that has led to the downfall of dozens of once-powerful men in Hollywood. Noting that it was the Academy Awards ceremonies' 90th year, Kimmel said the tall golden Oscar statue itself was "the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood. He keeps his hands where you can see them, he never says a rude word. He is literally a statue of limitations. That's the kind of man we need more of," Kimmel quipped.

In some of the strongest moments, rap artist Common and singer Andra Day brought the leaders of activist movements, including #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, onstage for a performance of their Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something."

And celebrities ranging from director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani spoke in a video segment about attempts to smash barriers in the industry around racism, sexism and prejudice against gays and lesbians. Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o and Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani spoke out on behalf of America's so-called Dreamers - hundreds of thousands of young people whose parents brought them to the United States illegally, and whose fate is now uncertain.

"Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundations of America," Nyong'o said.

Among award winners, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney took home their first Oscars in their supporting roles in Fox Searchlight dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and independent ice-skating movie "I, Tonya" respectively.

Warner Bros. British World War Two movie "Dunkirk" picked up most of the awards in the early running, including sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.

"Three Billboards," the tale of an angry woman seeking justice for her daughter's killer, scooped multiple honors earlier this year, but "Get Out," a bold horror movie that became a talking point around modern-day race relations in America, appears to have gained momentum in the last two weeks.

Here's a list of the winners

Best Picture: "The Shape of Water"

Best Actor: Gary Oldman - "Darkest Hour"

Best Actress: Frances McDormand - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro - "The Shape of Water"

Best Supporting Actor :Sam Rockwell - "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney - "I, Tonya"

Best Original Screenplay: "Get Out"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "Call Me By Your Name"

Best Animated Film: "Coco"

Best Documentary Film: "Icarus"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Fantastic Woman" - Chile

Original Song: "Remember Me" - Coco

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