“The Shape of Water” ended up being the big winner at recently concluded 90th Academy Awards, taking home the top prize, Best Picture, while its director, Guillermo Del Toro was honored as the Best Director.
The highly acclaimed “The Shape of Water” entered the night with the most nominations at 13, and it did not disappoint when the presenters started dishing out the awards. The Cold War-era fantasy romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-man also took home awards for Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
While accepting his Academy Award award for Best director, Del Toro encouraged everyone to continue spreading the spirit of inclusion. “I am an immigrant … like many of you,” he said. “The greatest thing that art does, and our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”
Elsewhere, Gary Oldman was named the Best Actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the World War 2 biopic “Darkest Hour,” while Frances McDormand won the Best Actress award for her role as Mildred Hayes in the crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
In her acceptance speech, McDormand asked all the female Academy Award nominees of the night to stand up, and urged everyone to look around at them, “because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.” She ended her time at the podium with two words, “inclusion rider,” referring to a clause that can be included in actors’ contract to ensure that the cast and crew of a film meets a certain level of diversity.
McDormand’s co-actor Sam Rockwell took home the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as Jason Dixon in the film. Allison Janney, meanwhile, was awarded the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her portrayal of LaVona Golden in “I, Tonya.”
Christopher Nolan’s staggered war epic “Dunkirk” quietly collected the second most number of Academy Awards with three wins in technical categories. It won for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
“Get Out” writer and director Jordan Peele became the first African American to win the Best Original Screenplay category, while 89-year old James Ivory became the oldest Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name.”