The 2018 Oscars took place last night, recognizing some the best films, directors, and performances the past year had to offer.
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 Bird, Phantom 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.
Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk 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.
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 Dunkirk Mudbound 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 Logan Molly’s Game Mudbound 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 Ferdinand 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 Faces/Places 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 Dunkirk 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 Wonder Original Score Dunkirk 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 Lou 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 Heroin(e) 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.