In his acceptance speech at the Oscars for Best Picture for The Shape of Water, director Guillermo Del Toro said of winning the coveted trophy, “This is a door, kick it open and come in ”. Del Toro said this both as a charge and an encouragement to anybody who dreamt of creating inspired art but felt they wouldn’t get the acceptance or recognition they needed because of their race, gender, nationality or whatever else would serve to exclude them.
That statement pretty much describes most of this year’s Oscar nominees, who not only broke down barriers and overcame overwhelming odds, they created incredibly beautiful films while doing so. They pushed the envelope and created art so powerful and socially relevant they could not be ignored.
This year’s Oscars nominees were not only the most diverse in the history of the awards, they also featured a lot of firsts: Jordan Peele (Get Out) was the first black person in history to be nominated for the ‘big three’ (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay); Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) was the first woman ever to be nominated for Best Cinematographer and Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) was the first person to be nominated for Best Original Score and Best Supporting Actress in the same year. All these firsts made for a very competitive and exciting awards ceremony that had its share of great moments and speeches. We can’t tell you every single thing that happened, so here are our best moments from the 2018 Oscar award ceremonies:
1.Jordan Peele winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. He’s the first black writer to win the award!
2.Best Actress winner, Frances Mcdormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) asked all the women in the audience who were nominated to stand up for recognition.
3.Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish presenting for Best Animated/Live Action Short was definitely the funniest thing at the Oscars. We’re thinking, next year’s hosts?
4.Eddie Vedder performing Tom Petty’s, Room at the Top for the In Memoriam part of the show. He gave a moving, soulful and heartfelt performance. Tom Petty would have been proud!
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5.Lakeith Stanfield’s (Get Out) surprise appearance onstage threatening to shout “Get Out!” at winners who exceeded their alloted speech time.
6.Host Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Hamill, Gal Gadot et al’s surprising unsuspecting movie goers at a nearby movie theater.
7.Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty (of last year’s Best Picture blunder) presented the Oscar for Best Picture again. This time they got it right…..
8.But Guillermo Del Toro checked the envelope just to be sure!
9.Oh, and Kobe Bryant has an Oscar now, so…