‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture and More Academy Award Winners
Well, folks. The 2018 Academy Awards came and went, and it was an unorthodox year to say the least. Get Out and Lady Bird — two stunning original films lost to the incredibly normal front-runner — an erotic monster movie about the romance between a deaf woman and a fish creature. That’s right, folks. The Shape of Water ended up snagging two of the big awards of the evening — one for Best Picture and one for Best Director for Guillermo Del Toro! Guillermo Del Toro’s acceptance speech was beautiful — highlighting how the magic of film can blur the divide between people and it’s an incredible representation and discussion of what it means to be an immigrant. Check out his beautiful speech for his Best Director win below.
And, here is his speech for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which includes Guillermo Del Toro checking the envelope to make sure this wasn’t another freakin’ La La Land/Moonlight mishap.
As we reported earlier, Jordan Peele became the first African American to win for Best Original Screenplay for his incredibly surreal and original film Get Out — maybe one of the most biting films that’s ever made it to front-runner status at the Academy. Here is Jordan Peele’s excellent speech.
Frances McDormand won for Three Billboards Outside Ebbling, Missouri, and her speech was one for the history books, as she asked each and every nominated woman in the audience to stand up so Hollywood could see all the talents that are available. Then she said, “I have two words for you… Inclusion. Rider.” What is an inclusion rider? Well, an inclusion rider is a clause in a star’s contract to make sure the film’s cast and crew is diverse. McDormand’s speech — and career — is incredible.
Gary Oldman won for Best Actor, James Ivory won for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, and one of the oddest wins? NBA player Kobe Bryant and legendary Disney animator Glen Keane for their animated short Dear Basketball. I like seeing odd partnerships like these. Good work all!