90th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (2018)
- Date of Ceremony: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
- For films released in: 2017
- Host(s): Jimmy Kimmel
Welcome to DigitalHit’s coverage of the 90th Academy Awards which were presented on March 4th, 2018.
The show begins with a pre-taped black and white segment made to appear like an old newsreel.
Host Jimmy Kimmel strolls out to begin the show. “This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute. We don’t want another thing.”
“Oscar is 90 years old tonight. Which probably means he’s at home watching Fox News.”
“I remember a time when Hollywood didn’t think a woman or minority couldn’t open a superhero film. I remember because it was March of last year.”
“We don’t make films like Call Me By Your Name to make money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
Tonight’s first category is Best Supporting Actor. The presenter is last year’s Supporting Actress winner, Viola Davis. And the Oscar goes to Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“I’d like thank the Academy, never thought I’d say those words. Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Woody Harrelson: you guys rock. You inspire me. And you always have. When I was eight years old, I was called into the principal’s office and my father was looking very solemn. And he said, ‘We gotta go, it’s Grandma.’ We got in the car and I said, ‘What’s wrong with Grandma.’ And he said, ‘Nothing, we going to the movies.’ My mom and dad’s love of movies became my love of movies, so thank you for that, Mom and Dad. I love you.” – Sam Rockwell
Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer are looking gorgeous as they present Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. And the Oscar goes to Darkest Hour’s Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick.
“Firstly, we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Gary Oldman. It was a real honor to be on this incredible journey with you, and we would not be standing here today if it wasn’t for you. You’re a wonderful actor, a dedicated artist and a true friend. We thank you for that.” – Kazuhiro Tsuji
Eva Marie Saint gets a standing ovation as she comes out to present. The wonderful 93-year-old is presenting Costume Design. And the Oscar goes to Phantom Thread’s Mark Bridges.
“Oh first, I want to thank Paul Thomas Anderson, for writing this amazing script and having me design it.” – Mark Bridges
Kimmel says, “Black Panther has made so much money, it’s leading the films not to be nominated next year.” He then introduces Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern to present Best Documentary Feature. And the Oscar goes to Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan for Icarus.
“We dedicate this award, we dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger. We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes, about Russia. But more than that, about the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever.” – Bryan Fogel
“At least we know Putin didn’t rig this contest,” says Kimmel, referring to Icarus’s subject matter. He then introduces Taraji P. Henson, who in turn introduces Mary J. Blige performing the nominated song “Mighty River” from Mudbound.
We’re shown a film clip segment that show’s how films can help us share the dreams, hope and fears of others. In other words, films help us empathize.
Kimmel says, “At the first Academy Awards they presented two Best Picture awards. Which is kinda what we did last year.” He then introduces Ansel Elgort and Eiza Gonzalez, who are presenting Sound Editing. And the Oscar goes to Dunkirk’s Richard King and Alex Gibson.
“It was an amazing film about an amazing event, thank you. And all my love to my wife, Sue, and my son Sam. And thank them for, thank you for putting up with me prattling on about Stuka sirens for months.” – Richard King
Eiza and Ansel then present Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to Dunkirk’s Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo. So Dunkirk sweeps the sound categories.
“To Christopher Nolan, that entrusted us, encouraged us to try to make a difference in a soundtrack. Thank you so much.” – Gregg Landaker
Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani talk about their diverse backgrounds and show support for the Dreamers before presenting Production Design. And the Oscar goes to The Shape of Water’s Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin.
“First of all, thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto. This is for you. Thank you to the Academy. Guillermo, may you keep dreaming up your monsters and their wonderful stories so that people like us can help shape their worlds.” – Paul Denham Austerberry
Eugenio Derbez introduces Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel and Gael Garcia Bernal, who perform “Remember Me” from Coco.
Kimmel introduces a clip segment of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning actress Rita Moreno, who then gets an ovation as she walks out. She’s wearing the same dress as she wore to the Oscars in 1962. Both she and it look great.
Rita is presenting Best Foreign Language Film. And the Oscar goes to Chile’s A Fantastic Woman.
“I want to thank the cast of the film, especially the brilliant actor, Francisco Reyes, and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega. This film was made by a lot of friends and artists; I share this with all of you tonight.” – Sebastián Lelio
A clip segment shows us Supporting Actress winners over the years. Mahershala Ali, last year’s Supporting Actor, is here now to present Supporting Actress. And the Oscar goes to Allison Janney for I, Tonya.
“I did it all by myself. Okay, nothing further from the truth. Thank you to the Academy, my fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession. You are all extraordinary. Steven Rogers, look what you did. Look what you did. You are a brilliant writer. Thank you for the gift of LaVona. I did not see this coming, you did. You give new meaning to the word ‘friend.’” – Allison Janney
We’re halfway through our second hour as Kimmel introduces Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8. They’re presenting the animated categories. First up, Animated Short. And the Oscar goes to Dear Basketball’s Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant.
“Thank you Gennie Rim, Max Keane, our entire crew for your incredible talents. My wife Linda for your years of love and support. And to Kobe, for writing Dear Basketball. It’s a message for all of us. Whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.” – Glen Keane
The trio then present Animated Feature Film. And the Oscar goes to Coco’s Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson.
“And the biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico. Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With Coco we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.” – Lee Unkrich
Daniela Vega, the Oscar’s first openly transgender presenter, introduces a performance of Call Me By Your Name’s “Mystery of Love” by the song’s composer, Sufjan Stevens.
Gina Rodriguez and Tom Holland are the duo tasked with presenting Visual Effects. And the Oscar goes to Blade Runner 2049’s John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover.
“Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you so much Academy members of the Academy for this great honor. Thank you, Denis Villeneuve, whose, you know, guts are seen in every frame of this film, especially the visual effects.” – John Nelson
Matthew McConaughey talks about how films are sculpted through editing before present the Academy Award for Film Editing. And the Oscar goes to Dunkirk’s Lee Smith.
“I just want to say, this is THE most awesome thing that can happen to a guy like me.” – Lee Smith
“Before they started editing, Dunkirk was actually a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon,” says Kimmel. Jimmy then asks for some volunteers to head over to the TCL Chinese Theatre to surprise some moviegoers.
Kimmel has recruited a pack of stars to head to the cinema next door to surprise the theatregoers with candy and snacks. As they distribute the food, Kimmel gets a fan to introduce the next presenters, Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph.
Tiffany and Maya suggest that the Oscars are getting blacker, but tell people not to worry, there’s still plenty of white people in charge. They then present Documentary Short Subject. And the Oscar goes to Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405’s Frank Stiefel.
“My kids are hosting an Oscar party which I think probably just got a lot louder. This is amazing for so many reasons. The source of this film is the source of everything that’s gone well for me for the last forty years, it’s my wife BJ Dockweiler.” – Frank Stiefel
Tiffany and Maya then present Short Film (Live Action). And the Oscar goes to The Silent Child’s Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, who are engaged to each other.
“Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. It’s not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie. This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers. And particularly access to education. So, deafness is a silent disability. You can’t see it and it’s not life-threatening, so I want to say the biggest of thank you’s to the Academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience.” – Rachel Shenton
Dave Chappelle is out next. “Thank you for that smattering of applause,” he says, before introducing a performance of Marshall’s “Stand Up for Something” by Common and Andra Day.
Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek talk about the Times Up movement before introducing a clip segment about trailblazers.
Chadwick Boseman and Margot Robbie deliver some famous lines before presenting Adapted Screenplay. And the Oscar goes to Call Me By Your Name’s James Ivory.
“My rule number one for a screenwriter who adapts a novel, is first thank the author. Andre Aciman, who wrote the story about first love, and who’s here tonight. A story familiar to most of us, whether we’re straight or gay, or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact.” – James Ivory
Nicole Kidman is presenting Original Screenplay, and wow, just noticed how big the text is on the envelopes this year. Guess they really don’t want mistakes. And the Oscar goes to Jordan Peele for Get Out.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it. So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.” – Jordan Peele
Actor Wes Studi, a veteran of the Vietnam War, talks about veterans before introducing a segment of clips that tell the stories of those who’ve served.
After the clips, Kimmel apologizes that Matt Damon was included in the segment, part of his career-long gag of ribbing Damon. He then introduces Sandra Bullock. She’s presenting the Oscar for Cinematography. She ask them to lower the lights to make her look younger, before awarding those you play with and record that light. And the Oscar goes to Blade Runner 2049’s Roger A. Deakins. It’s his first win in 14 nominations, a streak he is no doubt happy to win.
“You know, I really love my job. I’ve been doing it a long time as you can see. But you know, one of the reasons I really love it is the people I work with, both in front of the camera and behind the camera. Some of my crew on Blade Runner, I’ve been working with for over thirty years, and others I met for the first time in Budapest.” – Roger A. Deakins
Zendaya introduces the night’s final musical performance, “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, performed by Keala Settle.
Jimmy introduces the orchestra, led by Harold Wheeler, before introducing Christopher Walken. Walken is presenting the Academy Award for Best Original Score. And the Oscar goes to The Shape of Water’s Alexandre Desplat.
“Now, Guillermo, thank you. Thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters and convey the beautiful melancholy of love. That’s for you.” – Alexandre Desplat
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, who’ll soon be seen in Mary Poppins Returns, present Original Song. And the Oscar goes to Coco’s “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Jennifer Garner is now here to present tonight’s In Memoriam segment. As the clips play, Eddie Vedder performs the late Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top.”
Emma Stone, last year’s Best Actress, is presenting Directing. And the Oscar goes to The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro.
“Thank you. I am an immigrant like Alfonso and Alejandro, my compadres. Like Gael, like Salma and like many, many of you. And in the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own. Part of it is here, part of it is in Europe, part of it is everywhere. Because I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.” – Guillermo del Toro
Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren are here to present Best Actor. And the Oscar goes to Darkest Hour’s Gary Oldman.
“I would like to thank my mother who is older than the Oscar. She is 99 years young next birthday. And, she is watching this ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home.” – Gary Oldman
We get a clip segment of Best Actress winners before Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence come out. Foster is on crutches and jokingly blames Meryl Streep for her predicament. And the Oscar goes to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s Frances McDormand.
“And now I want to get some perspective. If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors – Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will, c’mon – the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. C’mon! Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” – Frances McDormand
Kimmel says, “I hope Frances McDormand gets an Emmy for the speech she made at the Oscars.” He then introduces last year’s Best Picture presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, saying that “Last year is Waterhouse under the bridge.”
And the Oscar goes to The Shape of Water. Producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale. del Toro dedicates the win to the upcoming young filmmakers. Sadly J. Miles Dale gets cut off so they can continue the shtick of presenting a waterski to the maker of the night’s shortest speech, costume designer Mark Bridges.
“I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done. Really they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, and growing up in Mexico I thought this could never happen. It happens.” – Guillermo del Toro
And that’s it for the 90th Academy Awards.