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The Shape of Water Takes Best Picture, Best Director

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Guillermo Del Toro's fantastical film, The Shape of Water, ruled the 90th Oscars winning four Statuettes including Best Picture and Best Director; Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman also took home Academy Awards.

With odds makers torn between the justice fueled Three Billboard Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, and The Shape of Water for Best Picture, a weekend surge for the race horror film Get Out, had everyone wondering if Academy voter's would split the Best Director and Picture category as they have over the past five years.

Academy voters did recognize Director and screenwriter Jordan Peele's suburban race horror film, Get Out, awarding him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The Best Adapted Screenplay award went to James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name.

At the 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who did a nice job of engaging the viewers and the audience, the academy voters determined while The Shape of Water ended the night with four Academy Awards including Score and Production Design.


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Dunkirk, a World War II drama, released in July, from Director Christopher Nolan ended the evening winning three awards for technical merit for Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Achievement in Film Editing.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri took two of the top talent categories with Frances McDormand taking Best Actress and Sam Rockwell taking Best Supporting Actor.

Allison Janney took Best Supporting Actress award for her work as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.

Gary Oldman took home the Lead Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour which also took home an Oscar for Makeup and Hair Styling.

CoCo, from Walt Disney Animation, took home two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature and Original Song.

Blade Runner 2049 also took home two Oscars; One for Cinematography and a second for Achievement in Visual Effects.

Best Live Action Short Oscar went to The Silent Child; Best Documentary Short Subject went to Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 and Best Animated Short Film went to Dear Basketball. Best Documentary Oscar went to the Russian doping expose Icarus. Foreign Language Film Oscar went to Chile's A Fantastic Women. The Oscar for Costume Design went to Phantom Thread.

From the Press Room

After the winners receive the awards they are often sent backstage to answer questions from the nearly 300 members of the media who are in the press room.

On Starting A Global Discourse - Guillermo del Toro – Best Picture, Best Directing, The Shape of Water - "I think every time we can demonstrate in any forum, be it sports, science, art, culture, anywhere, what we have to bring to the world discourse, to the world conversation, is extremely important, and it's extremely important when we do it to remember where we're from, because it's honoring your roots, honoring your country.  Now I'm going ‑‑ my next stop is I'm going to see my mom and my dad this week.  I'm going back home with these two ‑‑ with these two babies."

On Starting A Movement - Frances McDormand – Lead Actress - You know, it was really interesting because like I said, feeling like I was Chloe Kim doing back‑to‑back 1080s in the halfpipe, I was ‑‑ I don't do everything.  As you know, I don't show up all the time.  I only show up when I can and when I want to, but I was there at the Golden Globes and it's almost like there was an arc that started there.  It doesn't end here.  But I think publicly as a commercial, because that's what we are, this is not a ‑‑ this is not ‑‑ this is not a novel.  This is a TV show after all, but I think that the message that we're getting to send to the public is that we're going to be one of the small industries that try to make a difference.  And I think $21 million in the legal defense fund is a great way to start.  And the commission that's being headed by Anita Hill, that's really smart.  See, we didn't just ‑‑ we didn't just put out commercials about it.  We actually started a conversation that will change something.


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On Perspective - Gary Oldman - Lead Actor - "One of the lessons that I learned from John Hurt, the late John Hurt, God bless him.  When I was a younger man, went to the cinema, I looked up at, you know, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay and Alan Bates and Peter O'Toole, and Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, they were all sort of my heroes.  We are links in a chain, you know. I'm thrilled for Chalamet.  He's a lovely kid.  I mean, he really is.  He's a kid.  And he's a charmer.  Hugely talented.  And I said to him tonight, in the words of Armie, You will be back.  You know, this is probably it for me.  He's got years.  He's got years yet."

On Daring to Dream - Allison Janney – Best Supporting Actress – "I kind of didn't dare to dream of things like this, because I didn't want to be disappointed.  And I think at a certain point, I had given up thinking this would happen for me because I just wasn't getting the kind of roles in film that would give me attention like this, and that's what my very good friend Steven Rogers did for me.  He says he did it ‑‑ wrote this for me to do just that, to show a different side of me and show that I could ‑‑ what I could do, and I will never be able to repay him.  It's an extraordinary gift he gave me.  It's kind of overwhelming.  I think I'm going to get him a Rolex.  I don't know.  What do you think?  And engrave it on the back.  I haven't figured out what, but I've got to get him a good present.  That's a start at least."

On Philip Seymour Hoffman - Sam Rockwell – Best Supporting Actor – "Well, I guess you want to start making me cry, but he's, yeah, he was an old friend of mine, and he directed me in a play at the Public Theater and, yeah, he was very close to me and he was an inspiration to all of my peers.  You know, people like Jeffrey Wright, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, you know, you know, everybody.  Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin.  I mean, whoever was in my age range, Phil Hoffman was the guy.  And he was a great director and he believed in doing theater.  In fact, he was ‑‑ he vowed to do a play a year, which I don't know if he got to do because he was very busy doing movies, but he was a great inspiration and a great theater director.  And I don't know if anybody knows, he was a bit of a jock.  He was a wrestler, and he played basketball, and he inspired me.  And I could go on for an hour about Phil Hoffman.  Philip Seymour Hoffman was a good friend and he was a huge, huge inspiration on me.  Yeah." 

 

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