Guillermo del Toro, who faces a copyright infringement lawsuit for The Shape Of Water, has won the Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards for the movie at the 90th Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Shape of Water, a fantasy drama, has been in the midst of allegations that it is a copy of a 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper.
The film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner working in a Cold War-era lab facility, who bonds with a sea creature being kept there.
It dominated the Academy Awards’ nomination pack with nods in a maximum of 13 categories this year.
The Achievement in Directing nomination was de Toro’s first in this category and his fourth overall. He also won the Best Picture, and was nominated in the Original Screenplay category this year.
He became the third Mexican filmmaker in the last five years to win best director, after Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity in 2014 and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman and The Revenant in 2015 and 2016 respectively, reports the Guardian.
In his acceptance speech, del Toro said: I am an immigrant like Alfonso and Alejandro, my compadres. Like Gael (Garcia Bernal), like Salma (Hayek) and like many, many of you. And in the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own.
Part of it is here, part of it is in Europe, part of it is everywhere. Because I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.
del Toro was earlier nominated for his original screenplay for Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).
Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi remembered at Oscars 2018
Indian cinema icon Shashi Kapoor and India’s first female superstar Sridevi were honoured at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles during the In Memoriam montage.
The Indian stars got a musical tribute by Eddie Vedder who took the stage to sing Tom Petty’s Room at the top.
Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the segment by paying tribute to late star Audrey Hepburn.
There is no joy without sorrow, Garner said, and then acknowledged the loss of film world with the departed souls.
Son of Prithviraj Kapoor and younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with the 1961 film Dharmputra after working as a child artist. He passed away in December 2017.
Bollywood’s ultimate charm house Shashi Kapoor then went on to make a name for himself globally by associating with international cinema. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011.
In 2015, he was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Sridevi, known for her ability to slip into myriad roles, expressive eyes, sheer comic timing and her fluid dancing skills, died on February 24. Her death left everyone shocked, and saddened.
They were included in the annual montage along with stars such as John Heard, Tony Anne Walker, Jane Foray, Robert Osborne, Martin Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry Lewis.
With Jimmy Kimmel as a host, the ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre here on Sunday night.
James Ivory becomes oldest Oscar winner
The screenplay of the gay romance movie, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is based on the eponymous novel by Andre Aciman.
Ivory beat other movies contenders for The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly’s Game and Mudbound for the award.
This was Ivory’s fourth Oscar nomination, but the first in the adapted screenplay ategory.
Earlier, Ivory had received directing nominations for A Room with a View (1986), Howards End (1992) and The Remains of the Day (1993).
Ivory, flaunting a shirt emblazoned with the face of Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, on Sunday night thanked his deceased Merchant Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as Aciman.
I wouldn’t be standing up here without the inspired help I received from my life’s partners, who are gone, he said. He continued, giving his profound thanks to the members of the Academy, and giving a nod to Sony Pictures Classics.
Ivory and his partners collaborated on multiple films. Some, like The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, The Guru, Bombay Talkie and In Custody, featured Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor, who died in December last year.
Allison Janney picks first Oscar for ‘I, Tonya’
Actress Allison Janney took home her first Oscar in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her powerful performance in I, Tonya at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here.
She won the trophy for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona Golden in the biopic I, Tonya.
I did it all by myself, she joked in her acceptance speech, then paused for a moment before saying that’s nothing farther from the truth.
Her comment was met with a round of applause.
The actress, who looked elegant and stylish in a red gown, went on to thank the whole team of the film and important people in her life.
Janney, who exclaimed that she did not see this coming, thanked her fellow nominees and said: You represent everything that is good and right and human.
Joanne Woodward, thank you for your encouragement and generosity that gave me the confidence to think I could pursue a career in acting. To my mother and father, Jay; my family; my family of friends; the staff. I love you, she added.
She was in the race to win the coveted trophy with Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalfe (Lady Bird) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).
The 90th award gala was held her at Dolby Theatre on Sunday night.
‘Coco’ named Best Animated Feature Film at Oscars 2018
Coco was named as Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2018, and co-director Lee Unkrich dedicated the honour to the people and culture of Mexico, saying representation matters.
Disney-Pixar’s Coco narrates the story of an aspiring musician’s journey into the Land of the Dead.
‘Coco’ is proof that art can change and connect the world, and this can only be done when we have a place where everyone and anyone who feels like another to be heard, said producer Darla K. Anderson in her acceptance speech on Sunday night.
The biggest thank you of all (goes) to the people of Mexico, said Unkrich.
‘Coco’ could not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With ‘Coco’, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalised people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.
Coco marks Unkrich’s second Oscar win after his win for Toy Story 3 in the same category.
In Coco, aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.
The movie, which took six years to produce in a pursuit to get the intricacies of portraying the culture on the big screen right, showcases the importance of family, honouring one’s ancestors and following dreams.
The winners also thanked their same-sex partners.
The film was pitted against The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Ferdinand, and Loving Vincent.
Oscar winner uses sign language in acceptance speech
Former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton used sign language during her acceptance speech as she won her first Oscar here for The Silent Child featuring a six-year-old deaf British girl.
The movie won the Academy Award in the Short Film (Live Action) category. Shenton shared the award with her fiance Chris Overton, who has directed the project.
Shenton used sign language for the star of her film, youngster Maisie Sly, as she delivered her acceptance speech, reports mirror.co.uk.
I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I’d sign this speech, Shenton, best known for playing Mitzeee Minniver in Hollyoaks, told the audience.
Shenton is not the first actress to use sign language in her Oscar acceptance speech.
Jane Fonda signed part of her speech as she accepted the best actress award for Coming Home in 1979, as did Louise Fletcher who signed to her deaf parents when she won best actress for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest three years earlier.
Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, also signed when she won best actress for Children Of A Lesser God in 1987.
The Silent Child is about a deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.
Of the film, Shenton said: Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence.
It’s not exaggerated or sensationalised for the movie. This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers and particularly access to education.
While backstage, she said: I’m so, so proud of putting this ability that isn’t talked about in front of a huge audience – it’s a story that isn’t told often so I’m really, really proud of that.
Overton added: It’s just incredible, especially for this subject it usually gets swept under the carpet, so this is huge for deaf people.
Jennifer Lawrence climbs over chairs at Oscars
Actress Jennifer Lawrence was seen hitching up her sequinned dress to climb over rows of chairs to get to her seat at the 90th Academy Awards here — and that too with a wine glass in hand.
Lawrence, 27, dazzled in a platinum sequin Dior gown and strappy heels. She did not fall.
She hiked up her dress and raised a leg over a chair at the Dolby Theatre, holding her floor-length gown in one hand and a full wine glass in another, reports foxnews.com.
The Red Sparrow star had famously slipped on stage at the 2013 Oscars as she made her way up the stairs to accept her award for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook.
In the following year, she tripped on the red carpet.
At this year’s Oscars, Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented the trophy for Best Actress in a Leading Role to Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers gets the Razzies at Oscars 2018
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, among the world’s larges auditors, tax advisers and services companies, was thoroughly roasted at the 90th Oscar awards this year, becoming the butt of many a joke for its envelope fiasco last year.
The company, which is responsible for keeping the finalists at Oscars under wraps till they are announced at the awards ceremony, had mixed up the award for the best picture, which was given to La La Land instead of the correct recipient — Moonlight. Hollywood found the mix-up so outrageous that the act was dubbed envelopegate.
Host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday began his monologue at the Academy Awards 2018 by taking a swipe at last year’s Best Picture mix-up.
I do want to mention: This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away, he joked.
Last year about a week before the show, the producers asked me if I wanted to do some comedy with the accountants. After I said ‘no’, they did some comedy on their own, he said to guffaws from the elite audience of Hollywood and the cinematic world.
This year, he said, the Academy’s accounting company told him that their focus would be on the envelopes.
I have to ask, what was your focus in the other 89 years? Kimmel, who hosted the show 2nd year in running, said.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who read out La La Land instead of Moonlight as Best Picture winner last year, once again presented the top honour this year. It was won by The Shape of Water.
Beatty and Dunaway took note of their previous unintended gaffe, with Beatty saying: Thank you. It’s so nice seeing you again.
As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around, Dunaway added.
Before the Bonnie and Clyde co-stars came on stage, Kimmel introduced them by quipping: This is the home stretch. Nothing could possibly go wrong. What happened last year was so much Waterhouse under the bridge.
The jibe continued when Best Picture winner Guillermo del Toro took the stage to receive the award from Beatty and Dunaway and checked the envelope and then waved out to the audience saying it was correct.
In January, the Academy unveiled a new set of guidelines to against a mix-up happening again.
One of the key changes was visible on Sunday as awards were being presented. The envelopes featured big gold letters on a dark envelope giving the category, as opposed to last year’s envelope, which were red and had smaller gold lettering.