Recapping the 2018 Oscars


Official logo of The Oscars (Creative Commons)

Jacob Saltzman

This year’s 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, also known as the Oscars, was one that will be remembered a long time from now. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event. Movies nominated for Best Picture included, “Call Me by Your Name,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” and “The Shape of Water.” In the end,“The Shape of Water” won; however, many of the movies nominated for best picture won other awards.

Gary Oldman, who played Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour,” won Best Male Leading Role. Frances McDormand, who played Mildred Hayes in “Three Billboards Outside Missouri,” won Best Female Leading Role. Sam Rockwell won Best Male Supporting Role, and played Jason Dixon in “Three Billboards Outside Missouri.” Allison Janney, who played LaVona Harding in “I, Tonya,” was awarded Best Female Supporting Role.

Behind the scenes, there were people who were recognized as well. “Blade Runner” won for cinematography, “Phantom Thread” won for costume design, “The Shape of Water” which was directed by Guillermo del Toro won Best Director, “Icarus” won best documentary award, “Dunkirk” won best film editing and “Darkest Hour” won makeup and hairstyle.

This year has been tough in the film industry, considering all of the sexual harassment incidents. Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, both of whom were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, gave an interview to Vanity Fair and explained that the women in Hollywood are working towards keeping the environment in the industry safer. Judd had also told viewers that, “Those of us who have come forward have often been disbelieved, minimized, shamed and so much of the movement is about externalizing that shame and putting it back where it belongs, which is with the perpetrator.”

It was good to see that at the Oscars, everyone was enjoying themselves and having a really great time. Frances McDormand gave an inspiring speech upon stage to all of the audience as well as telling all the women who were nominated to stand. She also spoke about the gun laws and explained “Love your children more than your guns.” McDormand’s call for action is expected to to be reflected at next year’s ceremony as well.

Mary Saint, 93 presented the best costume design and also won best supporting actress at the Oscars in 1954. She joked, “I’m older than the Academy.” Rita Moreno who had won best supporting actress in 1962 showed up at the Oscars in the very same dress that she wore when she accepted her award back in 1962. This year’s Oscars was a very memorable one and hopefully next year’s can meet the same expectations