Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

Oscars’ second chance for Best Picture duo

SCREEN legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given a second chance at handing out the Best Picture Oscar after last year's historic stuff up.

But that didn't stop an awkward ending to an otherwise lacklustre Oscar ceremony.

They presented director Guillermo del Toro with the award for Best Picture for his movie The Shape of Water, with del Toro leading his cast and crew onto the stage.

Del Toro checked the envelope as he accepted it from Beatty, nodding to the audience that yes, it was correct, The Shape of Water had won Best Picture.

But a cringe-worthy moment came when the Oscars orchestra cut off one of The Shape of Water's producers as they attempted to speak after del Toro.

Some social media users wondered what happened, and branded the moment "awkward".

Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of The Shape of Water accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of The Shape of Water accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel then returned to the stage, and asked one of those involved what he wanted to say.

Kimmel then wrapped up the ceremony with an odd "jetski" gag, involving Helen Mirren.

MARGOT'S MOMENT

Australian star Margot Robbie has lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand, who used her acceptance speech to make a statement about female empowerment in Hollywood.

"I'm hyperventilating a little bit - if I fall over, pick me up, because I've GOT SOME THINGS TO SAY," began McDormand, who won for her role in drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

She went on to have every female nominee in the house stand then said: "OK, look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed."

To much applause, she told financiers not to "talk to it about us at the parties tonight" but to schedule meetings later in the week and make it happen.

Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

AUSSIE WINNER

Lee Smith has collected our only Oscar of the night, winning Best Film Editing for Dunkirk.

This is the fourth time an Aussie has won the Oscar in the editing category in last eight years.

"I just wanna say this is the most awesome thing that can happen to a guy like me. I want to start by thanking Christopher Nolan - they moved me from over there to sit with him," Smith, who is from Sydney, said.

"Chris is an editor himself - he doesn't handle the actual equipment, I'm very very happy with that."

He also thanked Nolan's wife Emma, his own wife Kimberley and his daughter "up in the nosebleed section".

Matthew McConaughey, left, gestures to the audience as winner Lee Smith holds up the award for best film editing for
Matthew McConaughey, left, gestures to the audience as winner Lee Smith holds up the award for best film editing for "Dunkirk" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

"Dunkirk was truly the most amazing film and I'm very fortunate to have worked on it," Smith added, before ending with: "Matthew McConaughey - awesome!"

MARGOT JOINS KIMMEL'S CINEMA STUNT

Oscar nominee Margot Robbie joined Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Guillermo del Toro, Lin Manuel Miranda and Lupita Nyong'o by surprising a cinema full of punters across the road from the Dolby Theatre.

"This is so much better than the Oscars," Wonder Woman star Gadot said to cheers when the crowd realised what was going on.

Kimmel got the crowd of stars at the Oscars to say "thank you" to the punters.

Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort fired hot dogs into the crowd from an air gun while Robbie handed out snacks.

Kimmel then had an audience member to introduce the next presenter - Tiffany Haddish - whose name he proceeded to mess up. Which is why we pay professionals to do this.

Margot Robbie, from left, Lupita Nyong'o, host Jimmy Kimmel, Gal Gadot, and others appear on screen via satellite at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Margot Robbie, from left, Lupita Nyong'o, host Jimmy Kimmel, Gal Gadot, and others appear on screen via satellite at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

KIMMEL'S SCATHING MONOLOGUE

Earlier, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel took aim at disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in a biting opening monologue.

Kimmel discussed the Academy taking action to expel Weinstein from their ranks in the wake of rape and sexual harassment allegations.

"There were a lot of great nominees but Harvey deserved it the most," Kimmel said, to applause.

He joked if Hollywood leads by example and wipe out harassment in the workplace, "women will only have to deal with harassment every other place they go".

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

Kimmel spoke of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements as being "positive change" and joked that he remembered a time when studios didn't believe women or black people could open a movie.

"I remember that time because it was March last year," Kimmel said.

Kimmel also hilariously addressed last year's Best Picture envelope fiasco in his opening monologue at the Oscars.

"This year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away - give us a minute," Kimmel joked onstage at the Dolby Theatre.

The Oscars host said he was asked last year if he wanted to do comedy with the accountants: "The accountants went ahead and did comedy on their own. But it won't happen again."

Of course, he was referring to last year's debacle when La La Land was wrongly announced by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the winner of Best Picture, when the actual winner was Moonlight in an epic stuff up.

MARGOT'S STYLE MOMENT

Meantime, Margot Robbie has stunned in an all-white Chanel gown at the Oscars.

The Australian-born actor, 27, is wearing a custom haute couture dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

She is nominated for her first Academy Award - Best Actress for her starring role as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya - and was today announced as the new face of Chanel.

Margot Robbie arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Margot Robbie arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP


Robbie was one of the standouts on the trendsetting Oscars red carpet, wearing a sleek off-the-shoulder gown, teamed with a silver purse and tinsel-like neck detail, as designed by Lagerfeld and styled by Robbie's long-time stylist, Kate Young.

Last night, Robbie also wore Chanel when she attended a pre-Oscar dinner thrown by the Paris-based luxury brand and Charles Finch at Beverly Hills hotspot, Madeo.

 

 

2018 ACADEMY AWARDS - FULL LIST OF NOMINEES AND WINNERS 

BEST PICTURE

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water (WINNER)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Timothee Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out

Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour (WINNER)

In a heartfelt speech, Gary Oldman gave his "deepest thanks to the Academy ... for this glorious prize. I owe this and so much more to so many. I've lived in America for the longest time and I am deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me - my home, my livelihood, my family and now an Oscar." He closed with shout-outs to Sir Winston Churchill for being "marvellous company" and his mother, "who is older than the Oscar - she's 99 years young next birthday and she's watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa." He told his mum: "Thank you for your love and support - put the kettle on, I'm bringing Oscar home."

Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)

Read about McDormand's speech here.

Margot Robbie - I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird

Meryl Streep - The Post

 

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)

Rockwell gave his co-star and fellow nominee Woody Harrelson a hug en route to the stage.

"I'd like to thank the academy - never thought I'd say those words," he said upon accepting the award. The actor thanked his parents because "mum and dad's love of movies became my love of movies". He continued: "Thank you to the formidable Frances McDormand, the fantastic Woody Harrelson - you guys are my heroes. My Beloved Leslie Bibb, you light my fire baby, I love you." Then the actor thanked "everybody who ever looked at a billboard" and dedicated his win "to my old buddy Phil Hoffman" - the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

 

Actor IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige - Mudbound

Allison Janney - I, Tonya (WINNER)

Allison Janney accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for
Allison Janney accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "I, Tonya" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

Margot Robbie was overjoyed at her I, Tonya co-star Allison Janney's Best Supporting Actress win. "I did it all by myself …" Janney began, taking a long pause. Then she added, "Nothing further from the truth". Janney, who has won pretty much every Supporting Actress gong going this season, thanked "the magnificent Margot Robbie, the fantastic Craig Gillespie (the film's Australian director and "a bird that elevated my performance").

Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water

 

DIRECTING

Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk

Jordan Peele - Get Out

Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson - Paul Thomas Anderson

Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water (WINNER)

Greta Gerwig, only the fifth female ever nominated for Director, was first to her feet when Guillermo del Toro was announced as the winner. The garrulous Mexican pointed out that he too is an immigrant - "like many many of you". "The greatest thing our art does and our industry does is erase the line in the sand," he said. He thanked Fox Searchlight for thinking his "mad pitch" was a sure bet, then wrapped by saying: "Like Jimmy Cagney said once: 'My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you, and I thank you very much'."

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Boss Baby - Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner - Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco - Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson (WINNER)

The last time a Pixar, Disney-Pixar or Disney production didn't win the Animated Feature Film Oscar was in 2011, when Gore Verbinski's Rango took the top prize. Producer Darla Anderson said, "Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world". Director Lee Unkrich added: "With Coco we tried to take a step forward towards a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that talk and live and look like they do ... Representation matters."

Ferdinand - Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent - Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

 

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Call Me by Your Name - James Ivory (WINNER)

The Disaster Artist - Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Logan - Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green

Molly's Game - Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound - Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

The Big Sick - Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out - Jordan Peele (WINNER)

Nicole Kidman presented the Original Screenplay gong to a very popular winner: Jordan Peele. As the crowd applauded loudly, Peele said: "This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible, I thought it would never work, I thought no one would let me make this movie." The writer and director thanked those who "raised my voice" and let him make the movie, while one of his stars, Allison Williams, looked closed to tears in the audience. Peele made sure to thank his mum - "who taught me to love, even in the face of hate" - and Get Out's dedicated audience for buying tickets and telling their friends to buy tickets.

Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Martin McDonagh

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049 - Roger Deakins (WINNER)

Blade Runner 2049 cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated a whopping 14 times in the past 20-odd years, but this is remarkably the Brit's first Oscar win. "I really love this job, I've been doing it for a long time - as you can see. Some of my crew on Blade Runner I've been working with for over 30 years - and others I met for the first time on set in Budapest. This is for all of them."

Darkest Hour - Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk - Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound - Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water - Dan Laustsen

 

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places - JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

Icarus - Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan (WINNER)

Netflix is becoming the outlet for documentaries. The streaming service is nominated for eight Oscars overall this year, including two feature docos and one short.

Last Men in Aleppo - Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Strong Island - Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Edith+Eddie - Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 - Frank Stiefel (WINNER)

Heroin(e) - Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills - Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop - Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

 

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Dear Basketball - Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant (WINNER)

Dear Basketball was based on a letter Kobe Bryant wrote when he announced his retirement. "As basketball players we're supposed to shut up and dribble," the superstar said, accepting the award. "But I'm glad we got to do a little more than that."

Garden Party - Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

Lou - Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Negative Space - Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes - Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

 

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DeKalb Elementary - Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O'Clock - Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett - Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child - Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton (WINNER)

Watu Wote/All of Us - Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman - Chile (WINNER)

Chile wins its first Oscar for A Fantastic Woman, which is now showing in select Aussie cinemas. Director Sebastián Lelio thanked the film's star and its inspiration, Daniela Vega. A Fantastic Woman is a "transgender drama".

The Insult - Lebanon

Loveless - Russia

On Body and Soul - Hungary

The Square - Sweden

 

FILM EDITING

Baby Driver - Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Dunkirk - Lee Smith (WINNER)

Sydneysider Smith has edited every Christopher Nolan film since Batman Begins. He has also worked regularly with Australian directors Peter Weir (The Truman Show and Master and Commander) and Gregor Jordan (Two Hands).

I, Tonya - Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water - Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Jon Gregory

 

SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver - Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049 - Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk - Alex Gibson, Richard King (WINNER)

Dunkirk's first win of the night goes to sound editors Alex Gibson and Richard King. Christopher Nolan's war epic is likely to dominate the technical categories. Surprisingly, Nolan's Director nomination tonight is his first ever in that category.

The Shape of Water - Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

 

SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver - Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Blade Runner 2049 - Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

Dunkirk - Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo (WINNER)

Dunkirk's Sound Mixing winners have all received multiple nominations over their careers. Gregg Landaker thanked Chris Nolan for pushing them to "make a difference".

The Shape of Water - Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast - Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049 - Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk - Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water - Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau (WINNER)

Austerberry has said director Guillermo del Toro made his team go through 3500 pain colour samples on day one.

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Dunkirk - Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread - Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Carter Burwell

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Mighty River from Mudbound - Mary J. Blige

Mystery of Love from Call Me by Your Name - Sufjan Stevens

Remember Me from Coco - Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (WINNER)

Stand Up For Something from Marshall - Diane Warren, Common

This is Me from The Greatest Showman - Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

 

MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING

Darkest Hour - Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick (WINNER)

Kazuhiro Tsuji had retired until director Joe Wright and Oldman coaxed him back for one last job - now it's won him an Oscar. Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman described his daily make-up procedure to News Corp Australia: "My pick up would be 1.45am. Get to the set, then first thing they would do, they would shave my head, cover my neck in glue, then start the make-up."

Victoria & Abdul - Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder - Arjen Tuiten

 

COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast - Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour - Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread - Mark Bridges (WINNER)

And of course Mark Bridges wins his second Oscar for Costume Design for Phantom Thread - a film about a fashion designer.

The Shape of Water - Luis Sequeira

Victoria & Abdul - Consolata Boyle

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049 - John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer (WINNER)

Blade Runner's VFX team beat out the work of New Zealand studio Weta on War For the Planet of the Apes to win the Visual Effects Oscar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island - Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War For the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


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