The Best of Oscars 2018

The Best of Oscars 2018

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With the award show season in full swing, it can get difficult to keep up with who’s won what and whose speech addressed what. So, don’t worry, we are not going to shame you for “living under a rock”, but for your own benefit, let us give you a little run-down of the winners and a few memorable events of the big night.

It is only fair we start with a brief summary of winners in each category.

Best picture – The Shape of Water

Best actress – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best actor – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best director – Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Best supporting actress – Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Best supporting actor – Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best original screenplay – Get Out

Best adapted screenplay – Call Me By Your Name

Best cinematography – Blade Runner 2049

Best score – The Shape of Water

Best song – Remember Me (Coco)

Best live action short film – The Silent Child

Best documentary short film – Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best editing – Dunkirk

Best visual effects – Blade Runner 2049

Best animated film – Coco

Best animated short film – Dear Basketball

Best foreign language film – A Fantastic Woman

Best production design – The Shape of Water

Best sound mixing – Dunkirk

Best sound editing – Dunkirk

Best documentary – Icarus

Best costume design – Phantom Thread

Best makeup & hair – Darkest Hour

Now let’s look at some stand-out moments of the night.

 

Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech

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During her acceptance speech for her Best actress award, Frances invited all the female nominees across all categories to stand up. In Meryl Streep’s lead, all the brilliant female creatives started standing up, accompanied by brilliant applause. Frances went on to talk about all these women have plenty brilliant ideas, and they just need people to listen to them and to be willing to work with them. This is especially important, as to this day, men make up to 80% of Oscars nominees, and it is most definitely not because women lack the talent or ideas.

Watch Frances McDormand’s speech here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-86vgvZGMs4

 

Guillermo del Toro winning Best director and Best picture

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At first glance, this might not seem as important as it is. However, the significance was highlighted in Guillermo’s speech when accepting his Best directing award; he is a Mexican immigrant in America, winning some of the most prestigious film awards out there, and in the current political climate, that is a statement. It is a clear statement that it does not matter where you’re from, and how much Donald Trump wishes you would just disappear, if you believe in your crazy ideas enough, you can make it.

Watch Guillermo’s Best director speech here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAx0b4Fqju8

 

The cast of Black Panther absolutely slaying the red carpet

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We all remember the “Oscars so white“ thing, which unfortunately hasn’t improved all that drastically, but. But. Black Panther came in, and finally even the people who have been sleeping on black talent are waking up. Representation matters, and Black Panther is already becoming a hot candidate for Oscars 2019 nominations. For now, lets appreciate the cast, who turned up to the red carpet looking like members of a magical deity (see the picture above, featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Danai Gurira) and had everyone speechless, breathless, shooketh.

 

Keala Settle’s powerful performance of This Is Me

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Is it even possible to walk out of the cinema after seeing The Greatest Showman and not have the soundtrack fuel your life for at least a week? This Is Me is an anthem celebrating individuality and marching to the beat of your own drum, making us all feel like it is okay to be unapologetic about our flaws and humanity. On Sunday, Keala Settle performed the song, accompanied by a large group of diverse backup vocalists, giving the song the majestic presentation it deserves.

You can watch the performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dANV0FHgc

 

Have we missed out your favourite moment of the night? Let us know!

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