Actually, it’s unbelievable. Every week, new movies come into the cinema. So, we speak about more than 700 films in one year. Hence, it’s a great achievement to watch all of them, to find the best ones in 24 categories. For 90 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) does so. Thus, on Sunday March 4 the Academy presented the winners at the 90th Academy Awards.
As usual, also the 90th Academy Awards ceremony lasts approximately 4 hours. Finally, 24 categories and their winners must be presented and honored. Therefore, an essential part of the 90th Academy Awards was the entertainment. Like the last year, comedian, television host, writer, and producer Jimmy Kimmel hosted also the 90th Academy Awards. Once more, he opened the show in his typically smart, cool, and extremely charming way.
Of course, the sexual affair and discrimination were important topics in Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue of the 90th Academy Awards. So, he said: “Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood. And there is a very good reason why. Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never says a rude word. And most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statute of limitation. And that’s the kind of man we need more of in this town.”
PRICE FOR SHORTEST SPEECH
The last years, music was faded in to cut too long speeches of winners. At the 90th Academy Awards, Kimmel presented a special surprise. He announced, that the winner with the shortest speech will win a jet ski worth $ 17,999. Mark Bridges (Costume Designer Phantom Thread) was the double winner. Besides the Oscar, he took the Jet Ski home, after having a speech of 36 seconds.
KIMMEL VS DAMON V.2
Of course, the long-running fake feud between Kimmel and Matt Damon was continued during the 90th Academy Awards. So, after a video trailer which showed the best movies of all times, Kimmel “apologized” to the U.S. Military for including Damon in a montage of war movies.
LA LA LAND V.2
Furthermore, Jimmy Kimmel reminded on the mishap last year, when La La Land was announced wrongly as Best Film. At the 90th Academy Awards Kimmel jested: “This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute. We don’t want another thing.”
Additionally, this strange moment of the last year was picked up by Mark Hamill. The cult actor, who performs Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Saga for 40 years, mumbled while opening the envelope for Animated Feature Film: “Don’t say La La Land, don’t say La La Land.”
“I’VE GOT SOME THINGS TO SAY”
Besides these and other funny moments, the 90th Academy Awards were characterized by political and impassioned statements. Frances McDormand gave the most spirted speech of the night. So, she put the Oscar statue on the stage and gesticulated to show the different size between men and woman.
Then, she said: “And now, I want to get some perspective. If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors, Meryl if you do it, everybody else will, come on. The filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the songwriters, the designers”.
She continued: “Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the party tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple of days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best and we’ll you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, inclusion rider.”
Also, the amazing Oscar winner of the last year made a smart statement for more diversity and gender equality, when she said: “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.”
“I DID IT ALL BY MYSELF”
Following the famous comment of Tonya Harding: “I never did this”, Allison Janney accepted her Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role in “I, Tonya” by saying: “I did it all by myself”.
90TH ACADEMY AWARDS – THE HISTORICAL ANNIVERSARY
For 90 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the best artists of the year. At the 90th Academy Awards two nominees were at the very same age – more or less. First of all, Christopher Plummer appeared elegant and impressive as usual. At the age of 88, he showed many younger ones, the meaning of style and dignity.
Furthermore, Eva Marie Saint appeared on stage at the 90th Academy Awards to announce the award for Best Costume Design. The audience welcomed the grand dame with standing ovations. Eva Marie Saint was and still is a gorgeous, wonderful woman. She starred in blockbusters like “On the Waterfront” with Marlon Brando, “North by Northwest” with Cary Grant, “Exodus” with Paul Newman, “Superman Returns” and “The Sandpiper” with Richard Burton, to name just a few.
Also, her speech was emotional. She said: “That means so much to me. Having lost my husband last year. After 65 years. And we would come to this Academy every year and I miss him.” She continues: “I just realized something. I’m older than the Academy.”
At the 90th Academy Awards, the price for Live Action Short Film went to Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. The attractive British actress and writer presented her speech in sign language: “I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I’d sign this speech. But, my hands are shaking a little bit. So, I apologize. Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers.”
He belongs truly to the best actors of the last decades. Gary Oldman convinced in so many completely different roles. Like a chameleon, he performed the punk star (Sid and Nancy, 1986), a vampire (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992), a bad cop (Léon: The Professional, 1994), a very bad guy (The Fifth Element, 1997), a good cop (Batman Begins, 2005) and a mysterious guy (Harry Potter, 2004-07) to name just a few. At the 90th Academy Awards, the cult actor was awarded for his role in “Darkest Hour”. In this film, he plays the role of the British Premiere Winston Churchill. Oldman addressed his thanks to his mother: ““Thank you for your love and your support. Put the kettle on. I’m bringing Oscar home.”
THE BIG WINNER
With 4 Oscars, “Shape of Water” was the big winner at the 90th Academy Awards. The movie was awarded with the Oscar for Best Picture, Original Score, Production Design, and Best Directing. It was the first Oscar for Guillermo del Toro. Jimmy Kimmel called him “a wonderful man”. However, the likeable director used his speech to make a statement too. He said: “I’m an immigrant like 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 Europe, part of it is everywhere. Because, I think 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.”
THE BIG LOSER
Where a big winner, there a big loser. At the 90th Academy Awards it hit “Lady Bird”. The movie was nominated for 5 Oscars, but it won none. Nevertheless, Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the main role can be considered as promising up-and-coming talent. Furthermore, the movie is absolutely worth-seeing.
In 2017 Kimmel surprised some tourists and included them in the show for a brief moment. One of them was „Gary from Chicago“. He was thrilled to be part of the Oscars. And, the video went viral. Now, at the 90th Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel and a number of A-list stars surprised guests in the neighboring cinema auditorium. So, Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Emilie Blunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Guillermo Del Toro and Armie Hammer brought candies and sweeties to the enthused people, which could barely believe their great luck.
All in all, the 90th Academy Awards were a great show with a number of positive messages. Let’s see what will happen next year.
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