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'The Shape of Water' wins best picture at 2018 Oscars

'The Shape of Water' wins best picture at 2018 Oscars

Nominated for a total of 13 Academy Awards, The Shape of Water also took home trophies for Best Original Music Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), and Best Picture (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale).

The sci-fi love story won the two main awards of the night, with del Toro taking home best director for what he called a mad pitch.

The British star, 59, picked up the best actor prize for his turn in Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand won the best actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk" landed three awards, all for its technical craft: editing, sound editing and sound design. On receiving the award, del Toro, said: "I want to dedicate this to the young film-makers; the youth who are showing [us] how things are done". "I thought this could never happen - it happens".

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars stage to present the final award of the night a year after the best picture fiasco when they mistakenly announced La La Land as the victor rather than Moonlight.

Kimmel set the tone by targeting Weinstein in his opening monologue, describing the disgraced producer's downfall following dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault as "long overdue". The world is watching us. "That's the kind of man we need more of", he said.

As expected, Britain's Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for playing World War Two leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros.'"Darkest Hour," while Frances McDormand's woman in a vengeful fury was a popular best actress victor for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".




In a statement about the need for inclusion in the industry, she got all of the female nominees in the room to stand to highlight their work.

"We all have stories to tell. You are all extraordinary", the statuesque 58-year-old Janney, the overwhelming favorite, enthused at the podium. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win the award. "We should continue to do that", he said in his acceptance speech.

The Time's Up initiative was not as visible as at the Golden Globes in January, with no coordinated protest - like the striking Globes red carpet "blackout".

And director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and others spoke in a video segment about progress in smashing barriers in the industry around racism and sexism.

"Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundations of America", Nyong'o said.

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