90th Academy Awards Wrap Up

Article by CJ

It’s the night of nights for people in Hollywood and for many of us who love Hollywood. This year the Academy Awards celebrated its 90th anniversary so it should have been a spectacular evening of outstanding entertainment. It was a little bit disappointing, to be honest — and I’m not even referring to the awards I felt should have gone elsewhere, I swear!

Here are my main observations from this year’s Academy Awards followed by a list of each category’s nominees and winner.


The Hosting

Jimmy Kimmel is the first person to host consecutive Academy Awards since Billy Crystal did it in 1997-1998 and, to be fair, Jimmy did a fantastic job at last year’s Academy Awards. Last year he brought the same fun and cheekiness to the Oscars that have made him a successful and world renowned television presenter.

It seemed though that all of that steam ran out somewhere between the last ceremony and this one. There were jokes and there was a surprise “bit” but it all seemed bland in terms of presentation, especially given that this was an anniversary event.

Unfortunately, this seemed to bring the vibe down for the rest of the show and it was a noticeably lacklustre affair.


Homages to Hollywood of Yore

The Academy Awards opened this year’s ceremony with a gorgeous black and white homage to the days of yore. Throughout the rest of the following ceremony there were several amazing montages that tied together decades of films and performances, and more seasoned actors such as Eva Marie Saint and Rita Moreno presenting awards.

These sprinkling of homages paid tribute to those who have paved the way in Hollywood for the younger actors there now and it was delightful to see.


Winners and Nominees (denotes winner)

Best Picture
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Meryl Streep (The Post)
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Actress in a Supporting Role
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour)
Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)
Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk)
Rachel Morrison (Mudbound)
Roger A. Deakins (Bladerunner 2049)

Costume Design
Consolata Boyle (Victoria & Abduk)
Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and the Beast)
Jacqueline Durran (Darkest Hour)
Luis Sequeira (The Shape of Water)
Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Documentary (Feature)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Documentary (Short Subject)
Edith + Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Film Editing
Jon Gregory (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Lee Smith (Dunkirk)
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos (Baby Driver)
Sidney Wolinsky (The Shape of Water)
Tatiana S. Riegel (I, Tonya)

Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Arjen Tuiten (Wonder)
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard (Victoria & Abdul)
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick (Darkest Hour)

Music (Original Score)
Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Carter Burwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)
Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)
John Williams (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Music (Original Song)
Mighty River (Mudbound)
Mystery of Love (Call Me by Your Name)
Remember Me (Coco)
Stand up for Something (Marshall)
This is Me (The Greatest Showman)

Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Short Film (Animated)
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Short Film (Live Action)
Dekalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Sound Editing
Julian Slater (Baby Driver)
Mark Mangini and Theo Green (Blade Runner 2049)
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira (The Shape of Water)
Richard King and Alex Gibson (Dunkirk)

Sound Mixing
Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glenn Gauthier (The Shape of Water)
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten (Dunkirk)
Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis (Baby Driver)
Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth (Blade Runner 2049)

Visual Effects
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist (War for the Planet of the Apes)
John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover (Blade Runner 2049)
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus (Kong: Skull Island)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game)
James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name)
Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green (Logan)
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist)
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees (Mudbound)

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

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