The 90th Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as Oscars 2018, were hosted this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, to award some of the most talented people from the movie-making industry for sheer excellence in cinematic achievements last year.
The special evening went through to the night with several special moments outlining the beautiful stage, as well as surprises that added a bit more shine to the golden statuettes.
Here are those very moments, handpicked from the lot, that will be remembered until the annual award ceremony returns next year.
The incentive to keep acceptance speeches short
There is always a need to remind winners taking the stage to keep their acceptance speeches as short as possible. The proposed timer has varied over the years but has mostly always accompanied some form of sound or musical reminder, such as the orchestra starting up.
For this year, host Jimmy Kimmel came up with a brand new way to keep things short at Oscars 2018. The one with the shortest acceptance speech at the end of the night was promised a brand new jet-ski that retails for just under $20,000, plus an all-paid trip to Lake Havasu City in western Arizona.
The Shape of Water cleans house
The peculiar fantasy tale about a mute janitor forming a close bond with a captured sea creature (half man, half fish) inside a secret government laboratory was the biggest winner of the night. The movie, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, took home four awards including Best Picture, Best Score, Best Director, and Best Production.
Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, followed closely behind with three awards including Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
The call against issues of diversity and inclusion
It is traditional for winners taking the stage to bring attention to various issues plaguing the movie industry or the world for that matter. Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, talked about global warming when he received his award for Best Actor in The Revenant (2016) and in similar fashion, the winners of this year unanimously pivoted to the issues of diversity and inclusion.
Guillermo Del Toro, in his acceptance speeches, said it best that “the greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand when the world tells us to make them deeper.” He also added that other filmmakers can take the example of The Shape of Water and use the fantasy genre to address controversies and real-world issues. “This is a door,” he concluded. “Kick it open and come in.”
The Mexican Wall of talented directors
It so happens that three Mexican directors have won the golden statuette for four times in the last five years. This includes Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013), Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman (2014), Alejandro G. Iñárritu again for The Revenant (2016), and Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water (2017).
The strange role of Winston Churchill
Gary Oldman took home the award for Best Actor at Oscars 2018 for his titular portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The interesting bit here is that at least three other actors have received awards for playing the same character in recent years, albeit on television. This includes John Lithgow for The Crown (2017), Albert Finney for The Gathering Storm (2002), and Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm (2009).
The gutsy trailer release of House of Cards
Following the serious allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the writing department for the critically acclaimed television series found itself in a major rut. With the main star being forced out, could the show still go on? Netflix apparently thought it could.
The entertainment-streaming behemoth premiered a new trailer for the final season of House of Cards, making it perfectly clear that Spacey will be written out and the reins will be handed over to someone else.
Netflix could have released the trailer at any other time but considering the tone of the evening, doing it right in the middle of the Academy Awards was daring to say the least.
The Greatest Showman lost but still won
There was disbelief among many critics when it surfaced that The Greatest Showman had been nominated for an award. The musical about a circus has been pretty much ridiculed at every end but winning an Oscar would certainly have shut those traps up.
Unfortunately, the award for Best Original Song went to Coco for Remember Me. However, the nomination alone confirms that there is more here than what meets the eye. This becomes particularly evident when you realize that the project has made more than $350 million at the box office, more than any movie that was nominated for Best Picture.
The standing ovation for Get Out
The widely acclaimed horror tale of a black man uncovering a disturbing secret of a white family was nominated in four major categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay. There were already expectations that the movie would surprise in at least one of the aforementioned categories at Oscars 2018 and it turned out to be true at the end.
Jordan Peele, writer and director on the project, received an outstanding ovation when he took the stage to receive the award for Best Original Screenplay. He had previously mentioned how he almost gave up multiple times before pushing himself to complete the movie. Hence, the moment was a very special one of the night.
“I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice,” Peele said in his acceptance speech. “I thought no one would ever make this movie but I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it.”
The shots taken at President Trump and the NRA
In addition to the need of diversity in the movie industry, the ceremonial night at Oscars 2018 also directed the spotlight on the recent matter regarding dreamers and tragic shootings in the United States.
During his performance of “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, rapper Common took aim at the controversial National Rifle Association (NRA) and President Trump. The artist showed love for countries like Africa and Haiti, which the president reportedly called as “shithole countries” earlier this year. He also mentioned support for undocumented immigrants, rights for women, and gun-control measures.
“On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell A land were dreamers live and freedom dwells Immigrants get the benefits We put up monuments for the feminists
Tell the NRA they in God’s way And to the people of Parkland we say Asè
Sentiments of love for the people From Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico”