'Shape of Water' triumphs at an Oscars awash in change

  • 'Shape of Water' triumphs at an Oscars awash in change

'Shape of Water' triumphs at an Oscars awash in change

Diverse and popular winners (I had never seen a standing ovation for a cinematographer until Roger Deakins' first win on his 14th nomination, or a quicker standing ovation than the one accorded Jordan Peele's best original screenplay win or any standing ovation during a commercial break until Guillermo del Toro returned to his seat with his best director Oscar).

The movie - a sci-fi fantasy about a mute woman who falls in love with and helps free a fish-like creature from a government lab - won four Oscars, including Best Director for del Toro.

Gary Oldman told his 98-year-old mother "put the kettle on - I'm bringing Oscar home" as his portrayal of Winston Churchill earned him his first Oscar.

The movie about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a unusual river creature - a fable about the mistreatment of the powerless - had gone into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, and won a total of four Academy Awards. He is the third Mexican filmmaker to win that honor, following his pals Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.

"It's so nice seeing you again", joked Beatty, to laughs from the audience.

Best supporting actor Sam Rockwell, best actress Frances McDormand, best supporting actress Allison Janney, and best actor Gary Oldman pose backstage with their Oscar trophies. "We all have stories to tell and projects we need financing".

It had gone into the ceremony with the most nominations: 13.

Hosted for the second straight year by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards capped a hard few months during which the industry has declared war on the pervasive culture of sexual impropriety unearthed by the downfall of movie mogul and alleged serial sex attacker Harvey Weinstein.

Other winners included Pixar's "Coco" for best animated feature and "A Fantastic Woman", a love story from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio with a much-praised star turn from transgender actress Daniela Vega, in the foreign film category. There weren't almost as many as men, despite the historic nominations for Greta Gerwig (the fifth woman nominated for best director) and Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound"), the first woman nominated for best cinematography.

"I've said it to everybody that needs to hear it from me, so the other 220 million people don't matter".

"It's a little bit surreal coming home with the BAFTA and the Oscar", Vieau said as he was en route to the Governors Ball.

"We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore", said Kimmel.

"I've been there working for more than half a decade continuously and we wanted to show the talent. and make it something where you don't use a rebate and escape, you know, you go to use the talent, you go to have the artistry". "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider" - referring to actors signing contracts that mandate a film's gender and racial inclusivity.

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o and Pakistani-American Nanjiani also 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 foundation of America". And Phantom Thread was honored with best costume design.

Another production design nominee was also Canadian: Vancouver-born Dennis Gassner had been nominated for "Blade Runner 2049", but lost to the Canadian trio working on "The Shape of Water".

"We're very proud of the Canadian talent", Dale said.