Oscars 2018

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s story of a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top awards at the Oscars 2018, securing the best Director and best Movie awards.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri actress Frances McDormand won best actress for her performance and managed to sway every female nominee to stand with her on a night full of various statements about inclusion. Gary Oldman was named best actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

The Shape of Water won four Oscars, including best film.

In McDormand’s acceptance speech, she put her Oscar on the floor and addressed executives directly, as female nominees got out of their seats. It was a rather powerful moment.

‘Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financing. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them.’

Powerful indeed. Given the recent events in Hollywood, from harassment scandals to concerns over racial equality, the push for greater equality in films now.

She spoke backstage about it also, saying:

“We’re not going back. This whole idea of women trending? No. No trending. African Americans trending? No. No trending. It changes now, and I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that.’

Other notable winners include Jordan Peele, who won best original screenplay and Roger Deakins, who won best cinematographer on Blade Runner 2049.

Jordan Peele is the first black winner of his award and said he felt ‘proud to be at the beginning of a movement where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow black directors.’

Other winners at the Oscars 2018, included Dunkirk (film editing, sound mixing/editing), Allison Janney (supporting role in I, Tonya) and Coco (best animation).