The 2018 Oscars took place last night, recognizing some the best films, directors, and performances the past year had to offer.

While there were no last-minute dramas like last year’s Moonlight versus La La Land controversy, the awards still brought plenty of surprises (and amazing outfits).

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri brought home two awards but didn’t totally dominate the show as expected, instead losing out to The Shape of Water in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. While frontrunners Lady BirdPhantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name were unexpectedly snubbed in all major categories ( and we’re still upset Get Out didn’t scoop up more awards).

See the full list of victors below and let us know what you think of the Academy’s choices.

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

Winner: The Shape Of Water

While Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was a frontrunner, it lost out to The Shape of Water and we can see why. Guillermo del Toro’s latest project is a well crafted beautiful fairytale that we can’t get enough of. It seamlessly transports you into a world of mysterious creatures, ’60s nostalgia, and romanticism. The film’s true power is its clash of sci-fi themes mixed with a very grounded story filled with warm humanity. It’s a swooning love story, it’s a story about prejudice during a controversial era, and it’s a tribute to the magical escapism we’ve all yearned for when movie watching. There’s so much to enjoy about this film. The Shape of Water is a fairytale that will leave your imagination satisfied and your heart filled with love two times over.

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Winner: Gary Oldman

First off, shout out Timothée Chalamet, your time will surely come, but this year’s Male Leading Role went to the one saving grace of the Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix film, Gary Oldman. He’s been a clear front-runner in the category since audiences first glimpsed his huge physical transformation from a slim 59-year-old man into the lumbering Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. It’s a remarkable performance that shows the impressive depth of the actor’s skills to carry a film and brought Oldman his first Oscar gold.

Actress in a Leading Role

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

Winner: Frances McDormand

There were so many strong performances in this category, but it’s hard to look away from McDormand’s amazing performance. As an avenging, grieving mother Mildred Hayes is a searing woman to behold, as she seeks justice at any cost after the murder of her daughter. McDormand dominated the pre-Oscar season racking up one win after another, including Best Actress at the Golden Globes, and that streak continued on Oscar night.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Winner: Allison Janney

This category was a close battle between two mothers. Laurie Metcalf, who’s nominated for playing a complicated but loving mother to a willful daughter in Lady Bird, against Allison Janney, nominated for playing a complicated and never-loving mother to a willful daughter in I, Tonya. We would have been happy with either woman winning, but Janney’s performance certainly deserved to be recognized by the Academy. Her performance as a strict and relentless mother rings through the screen as we get a look behind one of the most polarizing ice skaters of all time.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell may play a cop with reprehensible views in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but the nuance he brought to the role stopped it from becoming one-dimensional. While we were hoping that Willem Dafoe’s performance The Florida Project would get the gold, it’s easy to see why the Academy chose Rockwell.

Best Director

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

Winner: Guillermo del Toro

After Dunkirk dropped, Christopher Nolan was easily a sure winner for Best Director after giving us the best war film since Saving Private Ryan, but then came del Toro in the 4th quarter. He created a beautiful fairytale filled with sci-fi elements and imagination but still kept it grounded and heartfelt. It can be argued that this is his best project to date, and it’s only right that Del Toro has his very own fairy-tale ending on Oscar night.


Blade Runner: 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Winner: Blade Runner: 2049

This one was a no-brainer. Blade Runner: 2049 is a beautiful visual masterpiece. With visual language combined with sharp, distinctive geometric patterns and bold, organic lighting that would make the film’s environments feel like its own character in the film. Cinematographer Roger Deakins made light come alive in this fictional dark dystopia world with contrasting pools of light moving and transforming differently in almost every scene. If you want to take full advantage of your new 4K TV, watch Blade Runner: 2049.

Adapted Screenplay

Winner – James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game

Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Winner – Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Winner – Coco
Loving Vincent

Foreign Language Film

Winner – A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)

Documentary Feature
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Winner – Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Film Editing

Baby Driver
Winner – Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner: 2049
Darkest Hour
Winner – The Shape of Water

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour
Winner – Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul
Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

Original Score

Phantom Thread
Winner – The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Original Song

“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name
Winner – “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Winner – Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Winner – Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

Winner – Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Animated Short Film

Winner – Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
Winner – The Silent Child
Watu Wote: All of Us

Documentary Short Subject

Edith and Eddie
Winner – Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Achievement in Hair & Make Up

Winner – Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick

Victoria & Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Also, take a look at our ranking of the Oscar’s Best Picture winners of the last 25 years.

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Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.