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The Liquid Shape of Oscar: A Recap Of The 90th Academy Awards



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Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Music Score, and  Best Production Design. Four Oscars! That’s the haul big winner Guillermo Del Toro’s Shape of Water romped home with when the 90th Academy Awards came to a close Sunday night in Los Angeles. With the acting awards pretty much going as predicted—Frances McDormand (Best Actress in a Leading Role,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Gary Oldman (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Darkest Hour), Allison Janney (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, I, Tonya) and Sam Rockwell (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri); the surprises that could happen, would have to come from the Technical or Writing categories. (In my January 25 forecast, I had predicted Del Toro and Shape, plus all the four Acting Awards)



For Best Adapted Screenplay, it’s James Ivory and Call Me By Your Name (That’s 7 out of 7 for me, as had put my bet on Ivory); and Best Original Screenplay went to Jordan Peele for Get Out (had predicted McDonagh, but called Peele or Gerwig for the outside chance, so I’m 7 for 8). For Best Animated Film, Disney’s Coco took the prize, and Coco’s "Remember Me" is Best Original Song (I’m back in the race, with 9 for 10).



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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk took home three awards - Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing—but I had predicted Best Cinematography as well, which went to sentimental favorite Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049, which also garnered Best Visual Effects (I’m now 9 for 11).

For Best Foreign Language Film, I had predicted The Square, with A Fantastic Woman my second choice. A Fantastic Woman takes the prize. (Which leaves me at 9 for 12). Best Makeup went to the team of Kazuhiro Tsuji, Lucy Sibbick, and David Malinowski for Darkest Hour.



Leave it to Oscar to think up of wonderful ‘moments’. My favorites this year would include Eva Marie Saint presenting Best Costume Design to Phantom Thread’s Mark Bridges, and her commenting that she’s a few months older than Oscar! Another would be Rita Moreno wearing the same Pitoy Moreno gown (with the top modified) that she wore receiving a Best Supporting Actress Award in 1962 for West Side Story. Or when host Jimmy Kimmel played up, in game show style, that the winner with the shortest acceptance speech would take home a jetski, it was Helen Mirren playing ‘promo girl’.


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On a more serious note, that Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek were on stage at the same moment presenting, signified just how seriously the Oscars were taking the #MeToo movement; as all three had bravely come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment last year.



Diversity and representation got its hits during the show as Del Toro began his acceptance speech with ‘I am an immigrant’; and Frances McDormand closed her speech with ‘Inclusion Rider’—a legal term an actor can affix to his or her contract when making a film, signifying that he or she espouses diversity on the production crew, and being reserved the right to take action or withdraw without penalty, if said diversity is not achieved.



Of interest to NBA Basketball fans is Kobe Bryant scoring a slam dunk in the Best Animated Short category. His 5-minute Dear Basketball copped the prize, and it is a polished must-see, animated by the same artist that created Beauty and the Beast, and scored by no other than John Williams. The Silent Child is this year’s Best Live Action Short—about a deaf girl discovering sign language; while the Documentary categories had Icarus winning Best Documentary Feature, and Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 garnering Best Documentary Short Subject.

So no mistakes announcing the Winner like last year, and no truly big surprises. This 90th Academy Awards went off without any major glitch or hitch. And it was gratifying watching Hollywood get together as a community.


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Photos from The Academy's official website and @entertainmentweekly