The 90th Academy Awards took place at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. Sweeping top honours after gaining the most nominations (13) was Guillermo del Toro‘s Toronto-filmed Fantasy The Shape of Water winning four awards including Best Picture, Directing, Production Design and Original Score. The Film’s Toronto Crew celebrating tonight at Palais Royale, were credited for being a part of the Film’ success. del Toro, who has been vocal about his love for Toronto using the City regularly to base his productions, encouraged other Genre Filmmakers to continue breaking ground with the door he helped open.
While many saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as the favourite to win Best Picture, it still took acting honours for Leading Actress with Frances McDormand and Supporting Actor with Sam Rockwell. McDormand gave a memorable speech which had her laughing nervously, devoting her time on-stage getting all her fellow female nominees to stand together in a call for inclusion and equality. Both The Shape of Water and this premiered at TIFF ’17 with the latter winning the coveted People’s Choice Award and the two are released by Fox Searchlight.
Dunkirk‘s win tally would come in at three with scores for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.Blade Runner 2049 by Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve, would win for Cinematography and Visual Effects. Disney’s Coco was awarded Animated Feature and also for Original Song with Remember Me, performed on the broadcast by Gael García Bernal, Miguel and Natalie Lafourcade. Call Me By Your Name earned one win for Adapted Screenplay. Allison Janney nabbed Supporting Actress for her work in I, Tonya, which presenter Jodie Foster who appeared on-stage in crutches, would joke that Meryl Streep was responsible for her injury, having “I, Tonya-ed” her.
The Evening was hosted by Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel who tackled head-on several issues of now including #MeToo and #TimesUp using case in point, the substantial pay gap between Mark Wahlberg and MichelleWilliams on re-shoots for nominated All the Money in the World. Despite both being represented by William Morris Endeavor, Wahlberg was paid eight-times Williams‘ salary, although the former made right by donating his earnings to #TimesUp.
Kimmel joked that the Oscar statue is the ideal man in that he “keeps his hands to himself, never says a rude word and doesn’t have a penis. He is a statue of limitations”. A running joke for the evening was that the winner with the shortest speech would win a jet ski in the same vein as The Price is Right, which Leading Actor winner Gary Oldman was clear he wouldn’t be winning as he took his time thanking those responsible for his success. Oldman‘s Film Darkest Hour would win also for Makeup.
See Kimmel‘s running joke with the help of Helen Mirren:
Following an outcry that the Oscars lacked diversity, that certainly was addressed full force this year and repeatedly the theme of inclusion was brought-up throughout the night. We would see female nominees in categories like Directing (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird) and Cinematography (Rachel Morrison, Mudbound) and first-time Nominee Jordan Peele winning Original Screenplay for Get Out. A Fantastic Woman starring Chilean transgender Actress Daniela Vega, would win Foreign Language Film. Basketball icon Kobe Bryant also would win his first Oscar for Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball.
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced at 8:22 AM ET in Los Angeles with Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish filling hosting duties. Leading the way with 13 nominations is Guillermo del Toro’s Toronto-made Romance-Fantasy The Shape of Water with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Directing, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Original Screenplay and more.
Martin McDonagh‘s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which like The Shape of Water is distributed by Fox Searchlight and winning the People’s Choice Award at TIFF ’17, is seen as the Best Picture favourite. It comes hot-off a win for Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes and three Screen Actors’ Guild Award wins earlier this month. It gets seven nods including Directing, Lead Actress (Frances McDormand), Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell), Directing and Original Screenplay, among others.
While there was uproar that Greta Gerwig was omitted from Directing honours at the Globes, the Academy shows their respect for the Lady Bird Helmer in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives at the forefront of discussion. Rachel Morrison also becomes the first woman ever to get a Cinematography nod at the Oscars for Mudbound.
Director Jordan Peele like Gerwig finds Oscars recognition with his first Feature, the Horror Get Out. The Film sees Daniel Kaluuya up for Leading Actor and Peele up for Original Screenplay.
Being in the news much of late with allegations of sexual misconduct, James Franco was omitted from the list despite great acclaim for his The Disaster Artist. The Film centering around “the worst Movie ever made”, The Room, does get a nod for Adapted Screenplay. Others are expressing discontent Armie Hammer for CallMe By Your Name and Wonder Woman were disregarded.
Singer Mary J. Blige gets her first Oscar nomination as an Actress (Supporting) for her work in Mudbound. She also is up for Original Song with Mighty River from that Netflix release.
Canada gets recognized with Canadian-produced Animated Feature The Breadwinner, in which Angelina Jolie produced. Many thought her First They Killed My Father would get a Foreign Language Film nod but alas it missed.
See more of this year’s Nominees below:
Foreign Language Film
The Academy Awards air 8 PM ET on Sunday, March 4, 2018 on ABC.
After an explosive opening last weekend, STEPHEN KING’S IT repeats the feat in its second week out with $54 million from 4,148 theatres. Over two weeks it has grossed a whopping $212.7 million for Warner Bros., a huge accomplishment for Toronto where the Film was made.
In second is long-awaited AMERICAN ASSASSIN with $15.2 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, from 3,154 theatres across North America. It gets a 31% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
After a TIFF ’17 debut last weekend, Darren Aronofsky‘s mother! opens in third with $8 million for Paramount Pictures from 2,368 theatres. Despite a 71% on the Tomatometer, it gets only a F CinemaScore from Audiences.
Rom-Com HOME AGAIN in its second week out earns $5.5 million for Open Road Films/eOne Films, good enough for fourth. In total it has made $17.3 million domestically.
DUNKIRK in its eighth week still is going strong, rounding-out the Top Ten with $1.4 million for Warner Bros. It has made $185 million in total in its domestic run.
It’s a hit! The Hitman’s Bodyguard fires at number one in its opening with $21 million from 3,377 theatres for VVS Films/Lionsgate Films. The Action-Comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson gets 40% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
Still going strong is ANNABELLE: CREATION with $14.3 million from 3,542 theatres for Warner Bros. in its second week out, totaling $62.8 million thus far. Over two weeks, it has earned $155 million domestically.
In third is former champ DUNKIRK with $7.3 million for Warner Bros. In total, it has made $166 million in five weeks across North America.
In fourth in its debut is Stephen Soderbergh‘s star-studded LOGAN LUCKY with a $7.2 million from 3,031 theatres for eOne Films. It gets an impeccable 93% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
GIRLS TRIP takes right spot with $3.8 million from 2,040 theatres in its fifth week for Universal Pictures. It has just surpassed the $100 million-mark.
Rounding out the Top Ten is well-reviewed WIND RIVER with $3.2 million for VVS Films/The Weinstein Co., expanding to 694 theatres this week.
People can’t get enough of this creepy doll! ANNABELLE: CREATION debuts atop the Box Office with a smashing $36.5 million for Warner Bros. from 3,502 theatres. It gets 68% on the Tomatometer, with a B CinemaScore. This latest installment of The Conjuring Franchise still is unable to surpass its 2013 $41 million debut.
A distant second is DUNKIRK with $10.5 million in its fourth week out, a total $152 million also for Warner Bros.
Third is THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE with $8 million from 4,003 theatres in its opening eOne Films/Open Road Films. It gets a B+ CinemaScore and 11% on the Tomatometer.
In its second week, THE DARK TOWER lands in fourth with $7.5 million for Sony Pictures, a two-week total of $33 million.
GIRLS TRIP edges so close to that $100-million mark in its fourth week out with $6.4 million for Universal Pictures.
THE GLASS CASTLE rounds-out the Top Ten for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films with $4.8 million in its debut from 3,502 theatres.
Debuting atop the Box Office this weekend on a tepid weekend is Sony Pictures’ THE DARK TOWER with a $19.6 million from 3,451 theatres across North America. The Stephen King adaptation musters only a 19% from Critics on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
Former champion DUNKIRK slips to second this weekend with $17.4 million for Warner Bros. Thus far over three weeks it has grossed $132 million domestically.
In third is Sony Pictures’ THE EMOJI MOVIE with $12.6 million in its second week out. It has earned $49.5 million thus far.
Fourth is Universal Pictures’ hit GIRLS TRIP with $11.5 million in its third week out, surpassing $85.5 million, making it the top-grossing Comedy of the Summer.
KIDNAP debuts in fifth with $10.1 million from 2,378 theatres for eOne Films/Aviron Pictures. The Thriller starring Halle Berry gets a 40% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
DETROIT from Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, debuts in eighth with $7.3 million from 3,007 theatres for eOne Films/now-distributor Annapurna Pictures. It gets 93% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is DESPICABLE ME 3 with $5.5 million for Universal Pictures in its sixth week.
Taking the top of the Box Office in its debut is Christopher Nolan‘s eagerly-awaited new Film DUNKIRK, earning $51 million from 3,720 theatres across North America for Warner Bros. It gets a phenomenal 92% on the Tomatometer from Critics and an A- CinemaScore from Audiences. This lands ahead of 2014’s Interstellar which opened with $47.5 million in 3,561 theatres. Nolan has continued a legacy of domination with these Films, 2010’s Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Debuting in second with $29.2 million is Universal Pictures’ GIRLS TRIP, which gets both stellar reviews, coming in at 89% on the Tomatometer and a rare A+ CinemaScore also. The Malcolm D. Lee Comedy plays in 2,195 theatres domestically.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is in third with $20 million for Sony Pictures in its third week out.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is in fourth with $18.5 million for 20th Century Fox in its second week out.
In fifth is VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS with $16.7 million from 3,533 theatres for STX Entertainment/eOne Films. The Fantasy from visionary Luc Besson gets 55% on the Tomatometer and a B- CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is Toronto-made WISH UPON with $2.1 million in its second week out for Broad Green Pictures.