“The Shape of Water” had a big night at the Oscars, winning four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for GUILLERMO DEL TORO. It was also the first science fiction film to win Best Picture.
FRANCES MCDORMAND won Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, and her co-star SAM ROCKWELL got Best Supporting Actor.
During her acceptance speech, Frances made all the night’s female nominees stand, and also introduced the world to the phrase “inclusion rider”.
If you haven’t Googled it already, like millions of Americans probably did last night, it’s a clause an actor or actress can put in their contract demanding that the cast and crew of a film be more diverse.
ALLISON JANNEY won Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya”, and GARY OLDMAN won Best Actor for “Darkest Hour”.
“Get Out” didn’t get too much love, but JORDAN PEELE became the first African-American to win Best Original Screenplay. Meanwhile, “Lady Bird” and “Mudbound” got snubbed.
JIMMY KIMMEL did a good job hosting again, and he even had a unique idea to get people to shorten their acceptance speeches. He offered a JET SKI to the person who took the least time.
The winner was Mark Bridges, the costume designer on “Phantom Thread”. He went a mere 36 seconds.
There were plenty of political moments . . . like when ASHLEY JUDD, SALMA HAYEK, and ANNABELLA SCIORRA spokeabout the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
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There weren’t too many wild fashion moments at last night’s Academy Awards, which isn’t surprising since it’s usually a more conservative show, at least in terms of dress code.
But this year it WAS a lot more colorful than the Golden Globes, where almost everyone wore black in support of the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements.
The founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke said there were no planned fashion statements this time around . . . quote, “We did the dress code thing [at the Globes], and now we’re doing the work.”
Here’s a rundown of a few other things people are talking about:
2. Tiffany Haddish wore a cream-colored gown with a black cape that was embroidered in black and gold. The dress is a tribute to her father, who was from the northeast African country of Eritrea and passed away last year.
She said, quote, “He said one day I’d end up here and if I ever ended up at the Oscars to honor my people so I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans.”
Later, when she was presenting, she wore her favorite dress, which she also wore when hosting “SNL”.
6. Whoopi Goldberg in a DRESS? It happened. She was wearing a colorful floral gown with boots, black circular shades, and an assortment of jewelry. She said that the designer wanted her to be comfortable, so he added POCKETS.
7. Jane Fonda is 80, and she looked amazing. She wore a white dress that showed off her, quote, “youthful physique.”
8. Rita Moreno recycled her 1962 Oscars dress . . . 56 years later. Back then, there wasn’t even a red carpet. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” in 1962. (Here’s video of her talking about it.)
9. Nicole Kidman was cool enough to introduce herself to some people on a Hollywood tour bus . . . before she had her hair and makeup done. (Here’s video.)
13. Margot Robbie had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction when one of her dress straps broke. But she somehow got her hands on a sewing kit, and fixed it herself. (There aren’t any good photos, but People.com has a story on it.)
Originally posted on March 5th, 2018