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2018 Oscar night glitters gold of true winners

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-03-06 14:52
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A scene from the film  The Shape of Water [Photo/Mtime]

Oscar Night is the jewel in the crown of Hollywood's glittering award season, which is the best and brightest gathering to celebrate the industry's most accomplished creative talents.

This year, the jewel shined on Sunday. Before the ceremony began, the red carpet was awash with Hollywood's biggest stars, as attendees made their way into the Dolby Auditorium for the 90th Academy Award Celebrations.

Big Winner

The Shape of Water was the big winner Sunday night, raking in four Oscars, including Best Production Design, Best Score, as well as Best Director and Best Picture, the Academy's highest accolades.

The Best Picture race has been neck-in-neck for weeks, but the Academy finally awarded it to Del Toro's romantic, retro-Noir creature feature, The Shape of Water.

"I am an immigrant. 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 said from the podium.

A scene from the film  Dunkirk [Photo/Mtime]

Dunkirk was in the second place, with a respectable three technical Oscars, including Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Hopes had been high that I Tanya's Tatiana Riegel would be the first woman to win Best Editor, but Dunkirk's Lee Smith snapped it up instead.

Dunkirk's Sound Mixing team was composed by Mark Weingarten, Gary Rizzo and Gregg Landaker, who announced his retirement after having been engaged in 207 films.

Female Empowerment 

The focus throughout the evening was a growing sense of support in immigrants and minorities. Meanwhile, female empowerment also came strong as many Hollywood's leading women took the stage to promise that the era of the casting couch was well and truly over.

Jimmy Kimmel kicked things off with a joke about the gender of the Academy's signature Oscar statue and the lamentable fact that women had only directed 11 percent of Hollywood films.

As widely predicted by industry press, Frances McDormand completed her basket of trophies by adding the Best Actress Oscar to her Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG awards, putting to rest speculation of a Sally Hawkins Hail Mary win.

A scene from the film  I,Tanya [Photo/Mtime]

McDormand extorted all the women nominees and winners to stand up from their seats to get the recognition they deserved. "Are women just trending? No! Are African Americans just trending? NO! It all changes now!"

The Best Supporting Actress might have gone Laurie Metcalf's way for her smothering but sympathetic mom in Lady Bird, had not Allison Janney got under the voters' skins early on with her brutally raw, no-holds-barred performance of a viper-tongued, abusive mother in I, Tanya.

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