Monday, March 5, 2018

The 2018 Academy Award Winners

If you pay attention to movies at all, you probably noticed the Academy Awards happened last night. Love them, hate them, shrug at them, here are the winners.

Most of the movies I loved last year weren’t particularly well represented. A few snuck in noms, a handful a substantial number, which is always nice. Makes me feel like I’m part of a club. That said, I didn’t get excited for too many.

The fact that an R-rated horror movie written, directed by, and starring primarily people of color (Get Out) won for best original screenplay is all kinds of rad. And though I was rooting for Phantom Thread in score, I’m glad Daniel Day Lewis didn’t win best actor. I maintain you shouldn’t win an Oscar when you’re only give the third best performance in your movie.

It was rad to see a movie about and starring a trans woman (A Fantastic Woman) win. And the Academy took some much needed steps to address their well-deserved reputation as an organization full of stuffy old white dudes by showcasing a great deal of diversity. Though there’s still so much work to do in that regard.

Anyway, here are the Oscar winners. Make of this list what you will.

Best Picture

Best Actress

Best Actor

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Original Song

"Remember Me" by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from Coco

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Best Original Screenplay

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name

Best Live Action Short Film

The Silent Child

Best Documentary Short Subject

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best Film Editing

Lee Smith, Dunkirk

Best Visual Effects

John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049

Best Animated Feature Film


Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman, Chile

Best Production Design

Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey Melvin, The Shape of Water

Best Sound Editing

Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk

Best Sound Mixing

Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Dunkirk

Best Documentary Feature


Best Costume Design

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Kazuhiro Tsuji, Lucy Sibbick and David Malinowski, Darkest Hour

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

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