The Shape of Water won a total of 4 awards, including for best film, at the Oscars 2018. Dunkirk took home wins in 3 technical categories, while Coco won the trophy for best animated film and Blade Runner 2049 was honored with best special effects and cinematography.
Quiet evening for Amazon & Netflix
2018 marks the 90th anniversary for the Oscars, or Academy Awards, where Hollywood meets to celebrate the best of the best. For a few years now, the powers that be have been anxiously observing the new kids on the block, Amazon and Netflix, trying to gauge to what extent they can make their mark on the industry.
However, this year belonged to the incumbents. Netflix grabbed 8 Oscar nominations, most for Mudbound, whereas Amazon had a single for The Big Sick. None of these films took home any awards but Netflix did score a single trophy for its documentary film Icarus on the Russian doping scandal.
One can argue merits but it is a fact that any movie must complete a qualifying run at the cinema before it can enter the competition. It is the second rule of play: ”Publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels”.
Best film: The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won in 4 categories, including “the big one” for best film. It was nominated in a total of 13 categories.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk won in 3 technical categories. Many critics had pointed to these two movies as the biggest candidates for the best film.
Pixar’s Coco won the Oscars for best animated film and for best original song. Blade Runner 2049 won 2 Oscars for best special effects and best cinematography. Darkest Hour was nominated in 6 categories and took home 2 wins, the same amount as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nominated in 4 categories but the team left empty-handed.
You can see all of the categories at the Oscars 2018 below. Winners in bold.
Academy Awards 2018
BEST MOTION PICTURE Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Allison Janney, I, Tonya Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A Fantastic Woman The Insult Loveless On Body and Soul The Square
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT) Edith + Eddie Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 Heroin(e) Knife Skills Traffic Stop
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Faces Places Icarus Last Men in Aleppo Strong Island
ORIGINAL SONG Mighty River, Mudbound Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name Remember Me, Coco Stand Up For Something, Marshall This is Me, Greatest Showman
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM The Boss Baby The Breadman Coco Ferdinand Loving Vincent
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Call Me by Your Name The Disaster Artist Logan Molly's Game Mudbound
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY The Big Sick Get Out Lady Bird The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Meryl Streep, The Post
DIRECTOR Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Jordan Peele, Get Out Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
PRODUCTION DESIGN Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water
CINEMATOGRAPHY Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk Mudbound The Shape of Water
COSTUME DESIGN Beauty and the Beast Darkest Hour Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Victoria and Abdul
SOUND EDITING Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi
SOUND MIXING Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi
ANIMATED SHORT FILM Dear Basketball Garden Party Lou Negative Space Revolting Rhymes
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM DeKalb Elementary The Eleven O'Clock My Nephew Emmett The Silent Child Watu Wote/All of Us
ORIGINAL SCORE Dunkirk Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
VISUAL EFFECTS Blade Runner 2049 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Star Wars: The Last Jedi War for the Planet of the Apes
FILM EDITING Baby Driver Dunkirk I, Tonya The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Darkest Hour Victoria and Abdul Wonder