Movie lovers from all over the world usually can’t wait to see the stars descend on the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where cinematic achievements are recognized by competent people in the film industry.
The Oscars, or the Academy Awards as they are also called, have been given out this year on the 4th of March in a sumptuous ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The annual event is the most prestigious such ceremony during the Hollywood awards season and is organised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour artistic and technical excellence in the movie industry in the USA.
A total of 24 awards are handed out in categories such as best picture, best lead actor and lead actress, best supporting actor and actress, best director original screenplay, cinematography, visual effects, costume design, and so on, and the winners go home with a gold statuette that is officially called “Academy Award of Merit.”
This year’s Oscars marked the 90th edition of the event, and considering the awards are the highest honors in filmmaking, hundreds of millions of people around the globe tuned in to watch the ceremony.
The master of ceremonies was for the second consecutive year Jimmy Kimmel, who walked a fine line between comedy and gravity in his opening monologue. We all know that the Oscars have always been a place where social commentary was welcome, so issues like the recent #metoo movement designed to combat sexual harassment, pay disparity in the movie industry, the fight for equality, as well as gun control and the current Trump Administration, have all been addressed during the big night.
If you’re wondering how the Oscar voting work, know that a 6,000-strong panel including actors, directors, producers and other film industry professionals get to decide who will receive recognition for their work on and off screen. Movies must be publicly released and should be screen at a theater in Los Angeles in order to qualify for a nomination, so films released on Netflix are not eligible.
When it comes to how votes are cast in the nomination phase, no mingling is allowed, so actors vote for other actors, directors for other directors, and so on. But once all nominees have been established, the entire Academy votes for each category and the nominee who gets the most votes wins.
Moving on to the winners list, the film with the most nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” won four Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, for best picture and directing, as well as production design and original score. The movie, which is a science-fiction fairy tale about an unusual love story between a mute woman and a fishman, will remain in cinema history considering it not only had excellent critic reviews, but was also a big winner at the Oscars.
The lead actress award went to Frances McDormand for her impeccable performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, while Gary Oldman won lead actor for his part as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Meanwhile, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell snatched the supporting acting awards for their roles in “I, Tonya” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” respectively.
The award for best original screenplay award went to Jordan Peele for “Get Out,” while James Ivory went home with the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name.”
Another winning movie worth mentioning is “Dunkirk” as it snatched no less than three Oscar statuettes for sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.
There were also some big Oscar losers this year, among which we want to mention “Lady Bird,” a comedy about a teenage girl in her final year of high-school which was an unlikely contender in the awards race from the very beginning.