2018 Oscars Recap

The best Sunday of the year has come and gone once again: Oscars Sunday. The pièce de résistance of all the awards shows.

There’s something about the Oscars that is just so glamorous and special you can feel it even while watching it on the couch in a less than glamorous outfit. And this years Oscars were nothing short of that.

With an opening reminiscent of old Hollywood movies, host Jimmy Kimmel got in a few jokes about some of the nominees right from the start, and, of course, in true Kimmel fashion, multiple Trump digs.

At the start of his monologue, of course, the first thing he addressed was the couture-clad elephant in the room: last years La La Land/Moonlight mishap. However, the genuine nature of his monologue, giving praise to the people working on the times up and #MeToo movements, as well as praising the nominees for their wonderful accomplishments, like Meryl Streep on her 21st nomination and Greta Gerwig being only the fifth woman in 90 years to be nominated, was very uplifting. He finished off the monologue by promising the prize of a jet ski to the winner with the shortest speech.

The presentations kicked off with Viola Davis presenting Sam Rockwell with the award for best actor in a supporting role for his part in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

As the presentations went on, we got more of a glimpse into behind the scenes of what makes movies so great. There are some seriously talented people in the film industry: from hair and make-up to costumes to sound mixing to the score that completes that perfect scene. The biggest winners of the night in these categories were Dunkirk and the Shape of Water.

But, probably one of the most exciting parts of the night, was rather than have multiple people present the nominees for Best Picture throughout the show to only watch a trailer everyone has already seen 36 times, all five nominees for best original song were performed. Each of these performances was phenomenal and showed just how important music is to a film. The winner of this category was the song “Remember Me” from the movie Coco which just so happened to be written by the same duo responsible for “Let It Go”. So, it’s safe to say they are really good at their jobs.

When it came time for the final award for the night, Best Picture, I don’t think I was the only viewer a little surprised to see Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway back to present for round two. But it was a success! And The Shape of Water took home the Oscar for best picture. With the most nominations at thirteen, the film still took home four awards.

 There was also a lot of history made in that room from Jordan Peele winning for best original screenplay to Frances McDormand’s passionate speech calling for all the female nominees to stand be recognized while accepting her award for best actress in a leading role to Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish presenting best live action short film in slippers with heels in hand. Like seriously I feel a petition for them to host next year coming on. 

The Oscars are a time to celebrate a time to celebrate one of the most simple pleasures in life: movies. Movies will always be around to help be an escape from reality or a reminder that you're not the only one feeling the way you, and I think that's pretty magical.