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Oscars 2018: 'The Shape of Water' wins Best Picture

Oscars 2018: 'The Shape of Water' wins Best Picture

Frances McDormand won for her role in Three Billboards; Gary Oldman won for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour; Allison Janney won for playing Tonya Harding's mother in I, Tonya; and Sam Rockwell also won for Three Billboards. "The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand", said del Toro.

"I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker that is showing us how things are done, really they are".

"I thought this could never happen". He also suggested The Shape of Water could be seen as an example to other filmmakers, proving that genre fantasy can be used to address real-world issues and controversies. It had 14 nominations at this year's awards and won an impressive four. He noted that the punishment for Weinstein - including being kicked out of the academy and essentially exiled from Hollywood - was long overdue.

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore". "The world is watching us". Frances McDormand also used her speech to deliver a message of female empowerment, having all the women nominees stand - a symbolic gesture if there ever was one.

Once the women were on their feet, she said: "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed". The prestigious award has been won by well-deserving Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Aside from best picture, the awards both spread the wealth among a number of films and mostly followed the anticipated script, with few major surprises among the highest-profile categories. "You are all extraordinary", the statuesque 58-year-old Janney, the overwhelming favorite, enthused at the podium. Del Toro was named as Best Director for The Shape of Water during Sunday night's show.

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The Time's Up initiative was not as visible as at the Golden Globes in January, with no coordinated protest - like the striking Globes red carpet "blackout".

And director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and others spoke in a video segment about progress in smashing barriers in the industry around racism and sexism. According to a New York Times report, three of the accusers are expected to be presenters at the awards show on Hollywood's biggest night. Del Toro was among the most omnipresent of this year's Oscar contenders, and his passionate after-screening Q&As won over numerous Oscar voters we spoke to.

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

Christopher Nolan entered Oscar season as the director who had famously been given short shift by the Academy: After all, the Best Picture field expanded from five nominees in large part because Nolan's The Dark Knight didn't score a nod that year, and though the 47-year-old director is one of Hollywood's biggest A-listers and his film Inception was nominated for Best Picture, he still hadn't been nominated for a Best Director trophy himself.

Would this be a chance to reward fresh voices like Jordan Peele (Get Out) or Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)? But first in his opening monologue, Kimmel addressed last year's fiasco when the name of the wrong film was announced as Best Picture victor. Then after the Best Picture award, "You did it again, @RealGDT".

The ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was punctuated by political speeches and impassioned arguments for diversity.


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