5 Mar 2018

Shape of Water wins Best Picture at the Oscars

6:39 pm on 5 March 2018

Fantastical romance The Shape of Water won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honor, at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.

The Shape of Water cast/crew

The Shape of Water cast/crew Photo: AFP

The Fox Searchlight movie's Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, took home the Best Director Oscar, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black filmmaker.

The movie about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a strange river creature had gone into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, and won a total of four Academy Awards.

Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing World War II leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros' Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand's woman in a fury was a popular best actress winner for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

It was the second Academy Award for McDormand, 60, following her best actress win in 1997 for crime drama Fargo.

Sam Rockwell, left, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney  and Gary Oldman.

Sam Rockwell, left, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman. Photo: AFP

"If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight," McDormand said accepting the award and leading an ovation.

"Look around ladies and gentleman, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," the actress said, capping an awards season marked by women's stories.

Elsewhere, awards were spread around, recognizing first-timers, LGBT movies and films inspired by other cultures.

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tackled Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal with jokes on a night heavy with nods to activism on issues ranging from LGBT issues and school shootings to sexism and racism.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele Photo: AFP

Gay romance Call Me by Your Name won best adapted screenplay and racial satire Get Out won best original screenplay.

A Fantastic Woman, Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman, played by transgender actress Daniela Vega, won best foreign language film, and Mexican-inspired Coco was named best animated feature.

Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney took home their first Oscars for their supporting roles Three Billboards and independent ice-skating movie I, Tonya, respectively

Also representing New Zealand in Hollywood was Weta Digital, but it lost out.

It was nominated for best visual effects for its work on War for the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 - but the winner was Blade Runner 2049.

Alison Janney

Alison Janney Photo: AFP

Key winners at the 90th Academy Awards

Best Picture

The Shape of Water

Best Actor

Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

Best Actress

Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney - I, Tonya

Best Original Screenplay

Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name

Best Animated Film

Coco

Best Documentary Film

Icarus

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman - Chile

Best Supporting Actress

'Remember Me' - Coco

- Reuters

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