Oscars 2018 Live Updates: 'The Shape of Water' Wins Big at 90th Annual Academy Awards
By John Boone
Photo by Matt Sayles/Getty Images
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pulled out all the stops for the 2018 Oscars enlisting a who's who of A-listers to present, including Gal Gadot! Nicole Kidman! Tiffany Haddish! And Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lawrence (in lieu of Casey Affleck)! We saw performances from Mary J. Blige (yas!) and Sufjan Stevens. (We're still blubbering.) And one film was crowned Best Picture, but which one...?
That's just one of many questions that was answered during the telecast, which aired live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on March 4. Equally pressing was whether this year's Oscars would manage to avoid repeating last year's La La Land-Moonlight mix-up, considering Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would once again be on hand to present Best Picture. "I'm still not clear on how the wrong envelope got into Warren Beatty's hands," host Jimmy Kimmel claimed ahead of the show. "I'll be honest, it would be funny if it happened again."
Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of the 90th annual Academy Awards:
8:48: As for the other big winner of the night, Mark Bridges (aka the winner of Best Costume Design) won the $17,999 jet ski, riding it onstage with a life vest on and Helen Mirren riding shotgun.
8:41: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are back again to present Best Picture, with the former cheekily beginning, "Thank you, it's so nice seeing you again." This time, there are no envelope mix-ups, and 2018's Best Picture is…The Shape of Water! (And yes, Guillermo del Toro made sure to check the envelope.)
8:32: Frances McDormand wins Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The now two-time winner took the mic and stammered, "I'm hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up because I've got some things to say." McDormand likened herself to Olympian Chloe Kim, thanked "every single person in this building," and then asked every single female nominee to stand with her: "Meryl, if you do it, everyone else will!"
8:29: Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster and Jodie Foster's crutches ("Streep," she explained of her injury. "She I, Tonya-ed me.") took over presenting Best Actress. "None of us will ever forget those who came before us," Lawrence said, before thanking Foster, "who gave me one of my first roles when I was 19." Upon being thanked back for her sweet words, Lawrence shrugged, "I improv'ed it."
8:20: Gary Oldman wins Best Actor, presented to him by the incomparable Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda. The Darkest Hour actor and first-time winner looked at the Oscar statuette, his "glorious prize," before saluting Winston Churchill, "marvelous company on what could be described as an incredible journey," and his "dear friend," Denzel Washington.
8:13: “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year,” Emma Stone announced while presenting Best Director. The Oscar was awarded to The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro, his first win. "I am an immigrant," he began before getting choked up. "I think the greatest thing that art does and our industry does is erase the lines in the sand. I think we should continue doing that."
8:04: Jennifer Garner is on hand to introduce the In Memoriam segment, which is accompanied by Eddie Vedder performing a lovely cover of Tom Petty's "Room at the Top." The gold-tinted montage ends with a clip of Jerry Lewis and applause from the audience.
8:01: Who better than Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda to present Best Original Song? The award goes to "Remember Me" from Coco, a second nomination and second win for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (Who previously won for Frozen's "Let It Go," and made sure to plug the Broadway show!)
7:58: Christopher Walken presents Best Original Score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water, who starts his speech by saying, "My mother is also turning 90 this year. She will be very happy." For those keeping track at home, that is two for The Shape of Water.
7:50: Zendaya called "This Is Me," from The Greatest Showman, "so much more than a piece of music" while welcoming Keala Settle to the stage for her Best Original Song performance. Wearing a sparkling blue gown, Settle hit all the right notes during her show-stopping number, as Viola Davis clapped along enthusiastically in the front row.
7:47: "Can we dim it just a little bit? So I can go back to my 40s?" Sandra Bullock deadpanned about the show's lighting and as they dimmed, quipped, "Good thing I'm not presenting with Gal Gadot tonight. It'd be like looking in a mirror for her." She went on to present Best Cinematography to 14-time nominee Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049. Deakins looked to his wife to thank her and said, "James? Whatever."
7:35: Jordan Peele wins Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, which he's presented by Nicole Kidman. "You guys are going to mess up my jet ski," Peele joked while accepting his award to extended applause. "I want to dedicate this to everyone who helped me raise my voice," he said of his history-making win, concluding, "I love you all."
7:32: James Ivory won his first ever Oscar -- Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name -- and, at 89 years old, is now the oldest winner in Academy history. "A story that's familiar to most of us, whether straight or gay or somewhere in between," Ivory professed, as Timothée Chalamet looked on the verge of tears.
7:25: Annabella Sciorra, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek, three of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, take the stage together to speak on Time's Up and the "badass" women involved in it and introduce a montage of "trailblazers," espousing intersectional progress -- for race, for gender, for sexual orientation -- that still needs to come.
7:18: Dave Chappelle pays tribute to "unsung heroes" as he's introducing Andra Day and Common's performance of "Stand Up For Something" from Marshall. Common began with a spoken word tribute to the Parkland students and Puerto Rico, among others, before Day brought down the house while absolutely belting the song.
Ten activists joined the artists onstage: Alice Brown Otter (Standing Rock Youth Council), Bana Alabed (author and Syrian refugee), Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative), Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood), Dolores Huerta (Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America), Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs), José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup), Nicole Hockley (Sandy Hook Promise), Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter) and Tarana Burke (Me Too).
7:12: "Hi, Meryl! I want you to be my mama one day!" Tiffany Haddish calls from the stage, before awarding Documentary Short Subject to Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 and Live Action Short Film to The Silent Child, the latter of whom accepted their award in sign language to honor the short's 6-year-old star.
7:10: A shoeless Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish -- our dream 2019 Oscars hosts -- take the stage to joke about #OscarsSoWhite: "When we came out, we know what you were thinking," Haddish joked. "Are the Oscars too black now?!" She then ran down all of the white people who are still in attendance. White people with clipboards, Tiffany Haddish is watching you.
7:05: Outside the movie theater, Mark Hamill shakes Gal Gadot's hand and tells her how nice it is to meet her, while Armie Hammer and Ansel Elgort get ready to shoot hot dogs into the crowd and Guillermo del Toro and Lin-Manuel Miranda are tasked with carrying a six-foot-long submarine sandwich. "There's a strong aroma of marijuana in this theater," Jimmy Kimmel tells the movie goers as they realizes the Oscars can see them and they can see Meryl Streep (and the rest of the Oscar attendees). And then a guy named Mike introduces Tiffany "Tiffany Hachish" Haddish.
6:59: Continuing his shtick from last year, Jimmy Kimmel wants to thank the movie-going public by specifically thanking a theater full of people across the street from the Dolby Theate. To do so, he recruits stars in the audience (Ansel Elgort, Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong'o, Armie Hammer, Mark Hamill, Margot Robbie and more) to go across and surprise them.
6:56: Matthew McConaughey presents Best Film Editing Dunkirk's Lee Smith. (Fun facts: Smith was last nominated in 2009 for The Dark Knight and, from the looks of it, is probably a full foot taller than Matthew McConaughey.)
6:52:Spider-Man star Tom Holland and Gina Rodriguez (who I would love to see play Spider-Man) present Best Visual Effects to Blade Runner 2049. (Which, unfortunately, means Andy Serkis and the War for the Planet of the Apes franchise will remain unawarded.)
6:44: Sufjan Stevens enlists Chris Thile, Moses Sumney and St. Felix for an angelic rendition of his Call Me By Your Name theme song, "Mystery of Love." I stopped crying for approximately one second to comment on how much we love Stevens' pink, pinstriped coat.
6:40: As expected, Coco wins Best Animated Feature Film. (Disney and Pixar haven't lost in the category since 2011.) Producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina got teary eyed as they thanked their wife and husband, respectively, and director Lee Unkrich earned huge applause when he thanked the people of Mexico.
6:35: Jimmy Kimmel's stick-carrying, Star Wars-loving "9-year-old self" introduces the cast of The Last Jedi -- Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 -- to present Best Animated Short. "Don't say La La Land. Don't say La La Land," Hamill joked, before awarding Dear Basketball. Kobe Bryant is now an Oscar winner.
6:30: Allison Janney, now and forever, will be known as Academy Award Winner Allison Janney, after winning Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya. "I did it all by myself," she joked onstage, bursting into laughter. "Nothing could be further from the truth!" And yes, she made sure to thank the bird.
6:22: Rita Moreno makes quite the entrance (would you expect anything less?) to present Best Foreign Language Film to A Fantastic Woman, the first Chilean film to win the award. Director Sebastián Lelio paid special thanks to his "inspiration," star Daniela Vega, who blew a kiss to the audience. (Vega also makes history tonight as the first openly trans presenter at the Oscars.)
6:13: "Viva Mexico!" Gael García Bernal, Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade perform "Remember Me" from Coco, beginning with Bernal's acoustic version before neon lights popped on and mariachi dancers took the stage as Miguel and LaFourcade sang a peppy bilingual rendition of the Best Original Song nominee.
6:10: Lupita Nyong'o presents Best Production Design to The Shape of Water's Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau. It's the movie's first win of the night -- though likely not its last, considering it earned more nominations than any other film this year.
6:07: Jimmy Kimmel does some crowd work -- asking Steven Spielberg if he "has any pot" -- and then welcomes to the stage Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani, who discuss their difficult-to-pronounce names. (Nanjiani jokes, "My actual Pakistani name is Chris Pine") and make a pledge to stand with the DREAMers.
5:58:Baby Driver co-stars Ansel Elgort and Eiza González award the Oscar for Best Sound Editing to Alex Gibson and Richard King for Dunkirk and Best Sound Mixing to Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo for -- again! -- Dunkirk.
5:56: Jimmy Kimmel reads the opening joke from the very first Academy Awards in 1929: "Christopher Plummer is tonight's youngest nominee."
5:43: Taraji P. Henson introduces "my sister," Mary J. Blige, for a performance of her Mudbound track, "Mighty River," the first of the night's Best Original Song nominees. Blige, dressed in a fuchsia mermaid gown, delivers a killer vocal as fake rain pours down onstage.
5:38: Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern walk onstage holding hands to present Best Documentary. "Congratulations, buddy," Dern says to Gerwig, one of the night's most-nominated filmmakers, before the duo present the award to Icarus, about the Russian doping scandal. "We hope Icarus is a wakeup call," director Bryan Fogel said. "Yes, about Russia, but about telling the truth, now more than ever."
5:30: Eva Marie Saint, who won the Oscar in 1955 for On the Waterfront, gets a standing ovation while paying an emotional tribute to her late husband, director Jeffrey Hayden. She awarded the Costume Design achievement to Phantom Thread's Mark Bridges. House of Woodstock stays slaying!
5:26: Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot present Makeup and Hairstyling to Darkest Hour's Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, for their uncanny work transforming Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill. (Fun fact: Tsuji's last Oscar nomination was for Norbit!)
5:24: Jimmy Kimmel announces that, this year, if anyone's speech goes long "instead of music, you will see and hear this." At which point, Lakeith Stanfield ran onstage, dressed like his Get Out character and screaming, "Get out! Get out! Get out!"
5:18: If there is going to be an upset in any of the acting categories, it isn't Best Supporting Actor, with Sam Rockwell winning the first Oscar of the night for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. "I'd like to thank the Academy," Rockwell said. "Never thought I'd say those words!"
5:12: Jimmy Kimmel caps off his opening monologue -- full of politics, naming names and jokes about this year's nominees -- by encouraged tonight's winners to thank their kids and raise attention for their activism. That said, he offered whoever gives the shortest acceptance speech a jet ski, modeled Price Is Right-style by Helen Mirren.
5:04: Host Jimmy Kimmel jokes about Envelopegate during his opening monologue: "This year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away." (Jennifer Lawrence -- who is sitting next to Emma Stone -- loved it.) Kimmel then made good on his promise to speak about Time's Up, specifically discussing Harvey Weinstein's expulsion from the Academy and sexual harassment in Hollywood, joking that Oscar is the perfect man because he "keeps his hands where you can see them...and most importantly, no penis at all."
5:00: The 90th Academy Awards preempt "Celebrity Street Fights With Mario Lopez" and kick off with a black-and-white reel poking fun at "Hollywood's godless elitist," including shots at Armie Hammer ("Armie was born when a witch put a curse on a Ken doll!") and Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Lupita Nyong'o ("Let the tweetstorm from the President's toilet begin!").