I’ve always found that the annual The Oscars ceremony has the potential to tap into our love of stories and how they are told. If you didn’t have the chance to watch the show or you simply want to relive it, let’s take a look at the key moments from The Oscars.
Jimmy Kimmel reprised his role as host during Hollywood’s biggest night. I believe we’re witnessing the emergence of a serial host considering how masterfully he keeps the show moving along. Sometimes a host can make you cringe with the delivery of their jokes, but Kimmel often had me in stiches. Perhaps my favorite moment included his offer of a jet ski to the Oscar winner with the shortest speech.
Actress in a Supporting Role
For me, this category housed monster performances from magnificent women. Allison Janney defeated the likes of Octavia Spencer with her performance in I, Tonya. Janney’s powerful performance as the mother of a figure skater deserved the highest recognition. Somehow, Janney captured an aggressive and iron-fisted character without going overboard. In her speech, she joked that she “did it all herself” before thanking everyone in her personal and professional life.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Sam Rockwell bagged the Academy Award in this category after an exceptional performance in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell played Officer Jason Dixon who interacts with the mother of a rape and murder victim. In the film, Officer Dixon exhibits racist behavior and drinks aggressively. With these different dimensions wrapped up inside of one character, Sam Rockwell deservedly won the award.
Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand’s work in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri came out on top amid competition from Meryl Streep in The Post. There was something utterly fantastic about someone with McDormand’s stature and personality claiming the award. In one of the most memorable moments of the night, McDormand asked every female nominee to stand up together as a mark of solidarity – beautiful.
Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Oldman defeated Daniel Kaluuya to the award with his performance in Darkest Hour. Oldman has to be my favorite actor in Hollywood. His performances never dip anywhere close to average. When I see his face, I’m reminded of Sirius Black from the Harry Potter films, a Russian hijacker in Air Force One, and now Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Oldman conveyed the authority and power which the role of Churchill demands.
Director Guillermo del Toro snagged the award for best director after creating a masterpiece in The Shape of Water. He spoke about how we should embrace interacting with the unfamiliar, which was fitting considering how the film featured a bond between a cleaning lady and an amphibian-humanoid lab subject.
The Shape of Water defeated films such as Lady Bird and Three Billboards. In the end, the film’s focus on curiosity and wonder seemed to elevate it above the competition.
Other Memorable Moments
The cast of the new Star Wars film took to the stage to introduce some of the nominees. Their collective imposing presence was slightly overshadowed by the mobile droid that accompanied them.
Also, let it be known that Leonardo DiCaprio now has the same number of Oscar awards as basketball player Kobe Bryant. The athlete won for his short animated film about the sport that he loves.
By Kishan Patel