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Film News: ‘The Shape of Water’ Wins 2018 Oscar Best Picture

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CHICAGO – Even though Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway appeared once again to present the Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards – as they did last year – the correct film was announced, and it was the romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” that won the 2018 Best Picture on March 4, 2018.

90th Academy Awards
Frances McDormand Wins the Best Actress Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards
Photo credit: ABC-TV

The beautiful film and story of “The Shape of Water” broke the awards season attention towards “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” to take the top prize. Guillermo Del Toro also won Best Director for the film, and it also took Best Original Score and Best Production Design. The four best performance Oscars played out as predicted by previous awards season honors. Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards…”) won Best Supporting Actor, Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) won Best Supporting Actress, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) won Best Actor, and Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards…”) won Best Actress, and delivered a fiery speech addressing the issue of Hollywood’s inequitable treatment and harassment of women in the film business.

The show, hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, had his usual control and killer one liners. The main bit involved going into a movie theater audience with some big Oscar participants, handing out candy and hot dogs to a preview audience for “A Wrinkle in Time,” in appreciation of movie audiences everywhere. He also had a field day with the oldest acting nominee in history, 88-year-old Christopher Plummer of “All the Money in the World,” joking that he had been a kid actor at the first Oscars, 90 years previously. While Plummer didn’t win, 89-year-old James Ivory – of the notable [Ismail] Merchant-Ivory film production team – won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Call Me By Your Name.” He is the oldest person ever to receive a competitive Oscar.

The full list of winners for the 89th Academy Awards are as follows.

BEST PICTURE
THE SHAPE OF WATER 

BEST ACTOR
GARY OLDMAN, Darkest Hour

BEST ACTRESS
FRANCES McDORMAND, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
SAM ROCKWELL, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ALLISON JANNEY, I, Tonya

DIRECTING
Guillermo del Toro, THE SHAPE OF WATER

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
COCO

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
James Ivory, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Jordan Peele, GET OUT

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
ICARUS

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Chile

ORIGINAL SONG
REMEMBER ME, Coco

ORIGINAL SCORE
THE SHAPE OF WATER

ANIMATED SHORT
DEAR BASKETBALL

LIVE ACTION SHORT
THE SILENT CHILD

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405

FILM EDITING
DUNKIRK

SOUND EDITING
DUNKIRK

SOUND MIXING
DUNKIRK

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE SHAPE OF WATER

VISUAL EFFECTS
BLADE RUNNER 2049

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BLADE RUNNER 2049

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
DARKEST HOUR

COSTUME DESIGN
PHANTOM THREAD

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Writer. Editorial Coordinator
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2018 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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