A Time For Redos at The OSCARS 90 Recap

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A Time For Redos at The OSCARS 90 Recap

This year, was the year for a lot of reflection, and re-dos for The 90th Academy Awards. Host Jimmy Kimmel returned after last year’s debacle when the incorrect Best Picture was announced by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty who both also returned to announce this year’s Best Picture.

Oscars 90, host Jimmy Kimmel

Pictured: Host Jimmy Kimmel returns to Oscars 90

It’s been quite a year for the entertainment industry that has since last year’s Oscars ceremony, deep-rooted sexism, well known within the industry for decades, was blown wide open after a New York times article revealed it in black-and-white in an informative article published in October 2017. This article hung super Hollywood mogul and most feared Harvey Weinstein whom eventually lost his film company, and was expelled from The Academy.

Host Kimmel, addressed all of these topics with a well-rounded recap in his opening monolouge and managed to get one political jab in there as well. Kimmel forewarned this year’s nominees with “this year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute. We don’t want another thing.” Kimmel vowed that last year’s envelope mix-up was due to when the accountants “went ahead and did comedy on their own,” because he refused to do comedy with them. Lol!

Kimmel also addressed the many males in the industry whom have ben dethroned due to their sexist behavior by making an example out of the Oscar male statue itself. He said Oscar is “the most respected” man in town. He keeps his hands in plain sight, never says a rude word, and (most importantly) he doesn’t have a penis.

Kimmel also touched upon the new wave of diversity in films. He stated that every other inspiring film got crushed by “Black Panther.” Once upon a time, the studio system didn’t believe that a woman, a minority, could open a super-hero movie – “like March of last year!” Lol. This year has also brought the first ever female nominee for Best Cinematography. And, the first woman to be nominated for Best Director in eight years in Greta Gerwig.

Another factual tidbit given by Kimmel was that of all the nominated movies this year, only two made over $100,000. He carried the joke, “we don’t make movies like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money, we make them to upset Mike Pence!” A running gag in tonight’s ceremony, was when a jet ski was presented on the stage as a game show-like prize that would be given to the person with the shortest acceptance speech.

In a featurette with “trail-blazers”, celebrities endorsed the present new age of things, versus the old Hollywood. One woman stated “most of my favorite films were directed by men. That was a pre-requisite.” Director of “The Big Sick” said he’s been watching films by straight white dudes his whole life and has related to them. Now, straight white dudes can watch him in movies and relate to it! (audience cheers followed).

“Get ready for more Get Outs, some more Black Panthers’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time,” exclaimed Lee Daniels. It ended with directors inspiring other young filmmakers to “go make your movie right now.” On your phone!

Oscars 90 winners, rockwell, mcdormand, janney, oldman

Pictured (l-r); Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand Allison Janney, Gary Oldman / (Photo: ABC/Rick Rowell)

Some of the big winners of the night were “Shape of Water”, “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049.” Some stand-out moment came when actor Christopher Walkin received a standing ovation when he came out to present Best Score. Also, NBA star Kobe Bryant won his first Oscar for his written work on short “Dear Basketball.” Yes, that’s right, Kobe Bryant! He stopped dribbling to write a short!

A well deserved first Oscar went to Allison Janney for her portrayal of real-life mother of Olympic skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” Unfortunately, actor Denzel Washington missed-out on taking home a coveted Oscar again this year (he was also nominated last year for “Fences”) when he lost out to Gary Oldman who won Lead Actor in “Darkest Hour.” Jordan Peele became the first African American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay with “Get Out.”

Stand-out moments included when Frances McDormand accepted her Lead Actress award, she told all the female nominees to “stand-up” and said “we need our projects financed…” Host Jimmey Kimmel surprised some unsuspecting movie fans again this year by taking himself along with Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie next door to a movie crowd at the TCL theater (previously “The Chinese Theater”), to interupt their viewing of “A Wrinkle in Time” by handing-out some snacks to them!


Actor in a Leading Role – GARY OLDMAN (Darkest Hour)

Actor in a Supporting Role – SAM ROCKWELL (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Actress in a Leading Role – FRANCES MCDORMAND (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Actress in a Supporting Role – ALLISON JANNEY (I, Tonya)

Oscars 90, Allison Janney wins Best Supporting Actress

Animated Feature – COCO / Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson

Cinematography – BLADE RUNNER 2049 / Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design – PHANTOM THREAD /Mark Bridges

Directing – THE SHAPE OF WATER / Guillermo del Toro

Documentary Feature – ICARUS / Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

Documentary Short – HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 / Frank Stiefel

Film Editing – DUNKIRK / Lee Smith

Foreign Language Film – A FANTASTIC WOMAN / Chile

Adapted Screenplay – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME / Screenplay by James Ivory

Original Screenplay – GET OUT / Written by Jordan Peele


Best Picture – THE SHAPE OF WATER / Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers

Makeup & Hairstyling – DARKEST HOUR / Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick

Music Original Score – THE SHAPE OF WATER / Alexandre Desplat

Music Original Song – REMEMBER ME from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Production Design – THE SHAPE OF WATER / Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin

Short Film – DEAR BASKETBALL – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant


Short Film Live Action – THE SILENT CHILD / Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

Sound Editing – DUNKIRK / Richard King and Alex Gibson

Sound Mixing – DUNKIRK / Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten

Visural Effects – BLADE RUNNER 2049 / John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover



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