Against all odds, love won out at the 90th Academy Awards. Best Picture victor The Shape of Water has taken in $57.4 million since its release in early December, which may get a boost after its Best Picture win, but it is already the highest-grossing Best Picture victor since Argo ($136 million).
"I have 35 years in the business now and worked in Toronto nearly exclusively, so I've worked with and watched the business grow in Toronto and go from children's television to Academy Award-winning films", said Melvin, who is based in Toronto.
Meanwhile, del Toro won best director and Alexandre Desplat won best original score. Given the number of celebrities that attend the event, the number that presents awards and the surprises that take place from year to year, it is an event that is watched the world over.
Jimmy Kimmel didn't exactly come out swinging in his opening monologue at this year's Academy Awards, but he did land a few key punches. She asked all her fellow female nominees to stand up for their contribution to the industry.
"Thanks to Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water, we will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish".
"We salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the bias-perceptions against their gender, their race and ethnicity to tell their stories", Hayek said.
"I was just so filled with joy through all of this, it really didn't matter", Dale said. Jordan Peele became the first black victor of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. "I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible", Peele told the audience. This time, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers said, and I quote, 'Our singular focus will be on the show and delivering the correct envelopes, ' which does make sense.
Sam Rockwell won best actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri". "Put the kettle on.I'm bringing Oscar home!" he said. Has the lack of nominations for blockbusters or movies that more people have seen (no matter how well-made) caused people to tune out, especially as there's been an uptick of smaller, often indie movies being honored by the Academy? They were met by a standing ovation. "We make them to upset Mike Pence".
The presenter admitted the reforms that had come in Hollywood since the Weinstein scandal broke hadn't come soon enough. Among the nine Best Picture nominees, two earned over $150 million domestic, Dunkirk ($188 million) and Get Out ($176 million).
Then again, you could argue that since canned patter and boring acceptance speechs are staples of pretty much every awards show, the fault is mine for sitting there watching them. "Give us a minute".
Mentioning the sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked Hollywood, Kimmel continued: "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore".
As we saw last night, there is talk of a new era in Hollywood, where we look forward to a landscape of cinema that truly reflects the world around us.