The 90th Annual Academy Awards Offers Few Surprises

Another Oscar season has come and gone.

Last night’s ceremony was fairly typical of Academy Award shows—it was long, dull, and fairly underwhelming. Oh sure, it had its moments (someone needs to fast track a buddy comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph ASAP) but this was a ceremony that refused to rock the boat. It was, by all accounts, standard.

Given the Best Picture snafu of last year, it’s easy to see why the show’s producers would want to keep their path along the straight and narrow. In many ways, this was something of a rebuilding year for the Academy. Aside from being the 90th anniversary of the annual award show, it was to serve as a reminder that the show could, in fact, go on.

Host Jimmy Kimmel, returning once more following last year’s memorable disaster, did his best to keep things moving at a steady pace, all while making jokes about ensuring the show would be as long as possible. Given the sheer amount of montages spread throughout the program, I’d say they kept that promise. The endless montages did make a kind of sense, especially considering that it was the 90th anniversary, but wow. Did we really need so many?

Of course, it would be Kimmel without one of his trademarked stunts, this year involving Kimmel and a group of stars that included Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, and Guillermo del Toro crashing a screening of A Wrinkle in Time at a theater across the street. Ostensibly meant as a symbolic thank you to movie fans for making the show (and their jobs) possible, it was a bit of a ridiculous moment. But at least we saw Hammer shooting a hot dog cannon into crowd of moviegoers.

Politically, we saw few moments of boat rocking, most of which was relegated to the scandals rocking Hollywood itself. Even then, what was mentioned was mentioned mostly in broad terms. Frances McDormand made an impassioned plea for supporting female led projects (even going so far as to call for actresses to demand inclusion riders in their contracts to ensure a more level playing field for minorities in the movie industry). Emma Stone made it a point to call out Greta Gerwig by name when introducing the Best Director category.

“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year,” the actress said, to thunderous applause from the audience.

But, for the most part, like so much of the rest of the ceremony, the politics of the evening were understated and subdued. Unlike the Golden Globes, where actresses showed up wearing all black in solidarity with the #metoo and Time’s Up movements, the Oscars were, more or less, apolitical.

As to the awards themselves, there were no big surprises or major upsets. Everything and everyone that was expected to take home an Oscar last night took one home. I suppose it’s kind of weird that The Shape of Water, a movie about a woman who falls in love with an amphibious fish god, took home Best Picture, but even that was expected.

“Academy Award Winner Kobe Bryant.” That’s a weird thing to type. But it happened. The former basketball player won for his work on the short film, Dear Basketball. And I guess it’s no weirder than saying “Academy Award Winning Three 6 Mafia” or “Academy Award Winning Suicide Squad.”

All in all, it was a pretty standard Oscar night experience. Being unmemorable is better than being memorable for a disaster, arguably. It was it was, though. Which about as much as you can expect from the ceremony.

BEST PICTURE

The Shape of Water

DIRECTOR

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Get Out

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Icarus

ORIGINAL SONG

“Remember Me,” Coco

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Coco

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Shape of Water

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049

COSTUME DESIGN

Phantom Thread

SOUND EDITING

Dunkirk

SOUND MIXING

Dunkirk

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Dear Basketball

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

The Silent Child

ORIGINAL SCORE

The Shape of Water

VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049

FILM EDITING

Dunkirk

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Darkest Hour

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