Last night, Hollywood celebrated the best movies of the year — and films in general — at the 90th Academy Awards. The telecast was once again hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who figured he’d never be asked back after the huge Best Picture snafu of 2017 (where La La Land was initially declared the winner … when the honors really belonged to Moonlight).
Not only was Kimmel welcomed back, but the announcers of that final award last year — Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (who starred in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde together) — were also back to tempt fate and once again close out ceremony. While there was no envelope drama this time around and the Best Picture winner was indisputably The Shape of Water, there were still several memorable moments from the festivities.
My personal favorite was when Kimmel and a slew of A-list celebs surprised moviegoers at the TCL Chinese Theater (the theater across from where the Oscars were being held). These people were in the middle of an advanced screening of A Wrinkle in Time when in walks Kimmel, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, Guillermo del Toro, Mark Hamill, Lin Manuel Miranda and more. The theater erupted into pure (happy) chaos as the stars passed out goodies and fired “hot dog cannons” into the crowd. It was hilarious.
Kimmel also had a running gag where he tempted award winners with a jet ski for whoever ended up with the shortest acceptance speech in an effort to keep the show from running long. While Mark Branch snagged the prize for his 36-second Best Costume Design (Phantom Thread) speech and helped close the show by riding out onto the stage on it with Helen Mirren, the show still lasted a whopping 3 hours and 49 minutes, by my count.
Other highlights included Jordan Peele becoming the first African-American to win Best Original Screenplay (for Get Out), rousing renditions of all of the Best Original Song nominees (“Remember Me” from Coco ultimately won), and co-presenters Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) bringing the LOLs with their shtick. Can somebody sign them up to host next year, please?
In case you missed the show, the nominees for some of the major categories are below, with an * next to the winner.
Best Picture Nominees
Best Director Nominees
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
*Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actress Nominees
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
*Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
Best Actor Nominees
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
*Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Best Supporting Actress Nominees
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
*Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Leslie Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor Nominees
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
*Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
You can see the full list of nominees and winners in every category here.
If you watched the show, what was your favorite moment of the night? Were you surprised by any of the winners?
And now, let Oscar Race 2019 begin!