90th Academy Awards

Brooke Sauceda, Reporter

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This year’s award season has come to a close with the 90th Academy Awards on March 4.

Taking home the biggest award of the evening was “The Shape of Water” with Best Picture. Along with that the film won Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Score, and Best Production Design.

The other biggest Oscars handed out during the evening were Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell for his role as officer Jason Dixon in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Best Supporting Actress to Allison Janney for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya,” Best Actor to Gary Oldman for his role as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour,” and Best Actress to Frances McDormand for her role as Mildred in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The 90th Oscars proved to be much less political than its award show counterparts such as the Golden Globes which helped to kickstart the Times Up movement and lead to all those in attendance wearing black in support.

Although the Times Up movement and the all-black dress code made its way across the pond for the next award show, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, it did not reach the Oscars.

However the show still takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California so politics could not escape the evening completely. The politics were brought up in a much more tasteful manner and were not the sole focus of the event.

Host Jimmy Kimmel did make a few references to President Trump in a joking manner, one of them being in his opening monologue, “None other than President Donald Trump called “Get Out” the best first three-quarters of a movie this year.”

The winners’ speeches were emotional and heartfelt. Many of the winners had never won before or had not won an Oscar in a good amount of time so the speeches were filled with new stories of people finally achieving their dreams.

In an unusual attempt to try to shorten the show Kimmel offered a $17,000 jet ski to whoever had the shortest speech. The winner ended up being the costume designer for “Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges.

Despite the promise of a jet ski the show was still its usual length of roughly three and a half hours. That time, however, was filled with wonderful musical performances from all of the nominees in the Best Original song category. The show also included an emotional tribute to all those in the film industry who had passed away the preceding year. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder highlighted the tribute by singing the late Tom Petty’s song “Room at the Top.”

By the end of the show the 90th Academy Awards not only honored the best in film but also proved that Hollywood could remain prestigious despite a rough year of rumor and scandal.


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90th Academy Awards