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Saturday 19 January 2019

Oscars 2018 analysis - winners, losers, snubs and almost zero surprises

Shape Of Water's Guillermo Del Toro celebrates his best director win
Shape Of Water's Guillermo Del Toro celebrates his best director win

Chris Wasser

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is a wrap. There were tears. There were powerful speeches. There were almost zero surprises. Almost. Jimmy Kimmel promised to award the winner with the shortest speech a jet ski (and he did). Oh, and the Irish weren’t quite so lucky this year. Not to worry. It was an eventful show. Let’s take a look at who won what, shall we?


Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor, and nobody was surprised…

Of course not. Rockwell – an extraordinary talent, long overdue the credit he deserves – was pretty darn great in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Yes, we’d held out hope for the exemplary Willem Dafoe (he gave the performance of his career in the sorely overlooked The Florida Project). But it wasn’t to be. We’re okay with it. There are worse people to lose out to.

90th Academy Awards – Show

A giddy Rockwell dedicated his Oscar to everyone he’d ever worked with, everyone who ever looked at a billboard (seriously) and his loving co-stars, Frances McDormand (moved to tears) and fellow nominee, Woody Harrelson. “You guys rock!” he declared. Fitting, that.

90th Academy Awards – Press Room



Allison Janney won an Oscar, and we’re thrilled…

“I did it all by myself”. That, right there, is the best opening line to an acceptance speech. Ever. “Okay, nothing further from the truth,” she continued. We knew the fabulous Allison Janney – who played a blinder as the mother from hell in the glorious I, Tonya - would win here. She deserved to win here. It was pretty much the only bankable result of the night. And, we’re delighted. There’s a good chance Janney might start popping up in everything from here on out. We can’t wait.

90th Academy Awards – Press Room


The Breadwinner lost out to Coco…

So, Disney Pixar’s gorgeous Coco won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. It was sort of inevitable. Alas, it meant that director Nora Twomey and Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon – the talented team behind The Breadwinner -  went home empty-handed. Shame. But it was a competitive category. They’re both wonderful films. The Breadwinner is released here in May. Don’t worry, it’s worth the wait.


Get Out won Best Original Screenplay…

Jordan Peele with his Oscar (Ian West/PA)

Jordan Peele - take a bow, sir. Again, no surprises here. Get Out was one of the finest cinematic moments of 2017. A stellar horror. A deliciously assembled, social satire. As perfect a film as you’re likely to see, basically – and, it all came from the mind of writer and director, Jordan Peele, who is now an Oscar winner. The standing ovation said it all. “You guys are gonna mess up my jet ski!” joked Peele. Yes, we know. Some of you thought Martin McDonagh would pick up the prize for Three Billboards. But this was always going to be Peele’s year.


Call Me by Your Name won Best Adapted Screenplay…

James Ivory picked up the prize here for his mesmerising adaptation of André Aciman’s Call Me by your Name. It was the result we’d expected – the result we’d hoped for. Plus, Mr Ivory’s Timothee Chalamet shirt (a white shirt, featuring young Chalamet’s face, stitched across the front) was just perfect.


Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar…

Roger A Deakins (Ian West/PA)

After 14 nominations and 35 years, one of the greatest cinematographers in the business, Mr Roger Alexander Deakins, finally picked up the Academy Award for Cinematography for his work on Blade Runner 2049. It’s about bloody time.


Alexandre Desplat won the Best Original Score Oscar…

Mr Desplat beat John Williams (for Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Hans Zimmer (for Dunkirk). We genuinely thought this was Zimmer’s year. What do we know, eh? Besides, Desplat’s work on The Shape of Water was beautiful. Nice one, Alexandre.


The Greatest Showman lost the Best Original Song Oscar…

Shock and horror! Yep, This is Me did not win an Oscar. Amazing. We’d have put money on that one. It’s everywhere, like. Everyone loves that film (except critics). In the end, the Oscar went to husband-and-wife song-writing duo, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for Remember Me, from Disney Pixar’s Coco. Lovely little tune, that. Plus, they’re the couple who gave us Let it Go, from Frozen. They won an Oscar for that one, too, in case you were wondering.


Guillermo del Toro won Best Director…

Shape Of Water's Guillermo Del Toro celebrates his best director win

No major upset here. We’d had del Toro pegged for ages now, and the man behind The Shape of Water deserved this one. Cracking speech, too. Sure, we’d have loved to have seen the great Christopher Nolan awarded for Dunkirk, but sure listen, we can’t have it every way.


Gary Oldman won an Oscar…

Jane Fonda, right, presents Gary Oldman with the award (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Yes, Oldman is now an Oscar winner (finally), for his larger-than-life portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Again, no surprises here. The speech kept going, too. “Obviously, I’m not gonna win the ski,” he chuckled. We’d have gone with young Timothee Chalamet, by the way. But we won’t spoil things.


Saoirse Ronan didn’t win Best Actress…

Instead, the great Frances McDormand picked up her second Oscar for her stirring turn in Three Billboards. We saw this one coming. McDormand had been the frontrunner for ages. Still, what a category: five sensational performances, five sensational women.

In the end, McDormand collected her prize and made the greatest acceptance speech of the night, calling on every one of her female peers to take a stand and bring the house down. It was quite the moment. Phenomenal, in fact. “I really hope Frances McDormand gets an Emmy for the speech she gave at the Oscars,” said Kimmel, afterwards. “I really wish I was a woman.”


Three Billboards didn’t win Best Picture…

Guillermo del Toro checks the winning envelope (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Instead, the headline prize went to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (13 nominations and four wins, fact fans). The prize went where it should, basically. Plus, the Best Picture announcement – introduced by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, again - went without a hitch. That is, until the outro music interrupted the team’s acceptance speech. Oh dear.


Costume designer Mark Bridges won Jimmy’s jet ski…

He’d picked up the Oscar for his costume design on Phantom Thread earlier in the evening. Four hours later, Mr Bridges went home with a jet ski. Not a bad night’s work, that.

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