The Shape of Water, Jordan Peele & Frances McDormand: Your 2018 Oscar Highlights

The Shape of Water turns out to be that of an Oscar statue, Jordan Peele nabs an Academy Award for his Get Out original script, Frances McDormand wins Best Actress and ignites the industry with two choice words, and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins has finally won the big award for his stellar work on Blade Runner 2049. And let’s not overlook Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges, who not only won an Oscar but also a jet ski, a prize given to whichever winner gave the shortest acceptance speech.

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous creature feature The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, with four Oscars for Best Picture, a Best Director for del Toro, Best Score and Best Production Design. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk won three, for Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Peele’s win for Best Original Screenplay was one of the night’s highlights. It’s always incredible to hear an Oscar-winner explain how close they were to abandoning their project, with Peele admitting that he kept walking away from the Get Out script because he thought no one would ever produce it. Luckily for us, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures went all in on Peele’s incredible directorial debut. Frances McDormand’s fantastic acceptance speech for her win for Best Actress was a highlight—”inclusion rider” will definitely be one of the most Googled phrases today—for her brilliant performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand asked that every woman nominated for an Oscar please stand with her, and this included Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya). McDormand crushed it, unsurprisingly.

Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar, after 13 nominations, for his sumptuous work on Blade Runner 2049. Gary Oldman took won Best Actor for his transformation into Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Sam Rockwell joined his Three Billboards co-star McDormand with a Best Supporting Actor Win.

It was a relatively smooth evening, with no shocking mistakes, and one that seemed to benefit from the recent push within the Academy for more diverse membership, and the recognition of major talents (like Peele, Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig and more) who were honored, either with an award or a nomination, for their incredible work. It was also a fitting coda for what was a truly fantastic year in film, with host Jimmy Kimmel, who has quickly become one of the most respected people on TV, delivering a jovial, relatively friction-free show, yet with an opening monologue that didn’t shy away from addressing the #MeToo movement.

Here’s your complete list of winners:

Best Picture

  • 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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

  • 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.

Best Actress

  • 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

Best Supporting Actor

  • 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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Call Me by Your Name – James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • Logan – Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
  • Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin
  • Mudbound – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Big Sick – Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor

Best Cinematography

  • Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins
  • Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Mudbound – Rachel Morrison
  • The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen

Best Costume Design

  • Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
  • Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
  • Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
  • The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira
  • Victoria & Abdul – Consolata Boyle

Best Editing

  • Baby Driver – Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss
  • Dunkirk – Lee Smith
  • I, Tonya – Tatiana S. Riegel
  • The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Darkest Hour
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • Wonder

Best Original Score

  • Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
  • Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
  • The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi– John Williams
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell

Best 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 and Robert Lopez
  • “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall – Diane Warren and Common

Best Production Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Animated Feature

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Best Documentary Feature

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Faces Places
  • Icarus
  • Last Men in Aleppo
  • Strong Islan

Best Documentary – Short Subject

  • Edith+Eddie
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  • Heroin(e)
  • Knife Skills
  • Traffic Stop

Best Short Film – Animated

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Best Short Film – Live-Action

  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • The Silent Child
  • Watu Wote/All of Us

Featured image: HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Writer/director Jordan Peele accepts Best Original Screenplay for ‘Get Out’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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