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

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

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

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".

Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won the main acting nods, also in line with expectations and betting odds, for their roles in Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

This was the first Oscar nomination and win for Austerberry and production design teammates Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau.

LOS ANGELES | Romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water" won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, the film industry's most prestigious honor, on a night where themes of female empowerment and activism nearly overshadowed the awards.

Jimmy Kimmel, who returned to host the ceremony for the second year in a row, kicked off the night with a monologue that bounced between topics from last year's best picture snafu to Harvey Weinstein's scandal and Hollywood's movements to end sexual harassment and gender inequality within their industry.

I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen - inclusion rider, she said. He is literally a statue of limitations. A teary-eyed Gary Oldman won Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, while I, Tonya's Allison Janney and Three Billboard's Sam Rockwell triumphed in the supporting categories. "We need to set an example", he said.

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Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for "Get Out", and James Ivory took Adapted Screenplay for "Call Me by Your Name".

The award was presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who had been involved in last year's mix-up over La La Land and Moonlight.

In a surprise turn of events, Beatty and Dunaway were tapped to present the same prize this time around, and the presentation went without a hitch.

But towards the end of the show, Salma Hayek fronted the presentation of a video of stars advocating for women's rights and racial equality, including Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, Lee Daniels and Geena Davis.

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

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