Oscars 2018 Best Moments
The 90th annual Academy Awards was filled with p owerful and hilarious moments! Here’s what happened:
The Time’s Up movement was acknowledged throughout the night such as in the speech of presenters Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra who have all accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. “The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices,” Judd said. “Joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying time’s up.” Hayek mentioned diversity in films in her speech. “'We salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, race and ethnicity to tell their stories,” she said.
Many attendees wore a black and white pin in support of the Time’s Up movement as well. Ironically enough, two accused abusers, Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant, were given awards at Sunday night’s show.
During her acceptance speech for best actress in a leading role for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri Frances McDormand asked all of the nominated women in the audience to stand up and join her in celebrating women’s achievements in film. It was perhaps one of the most powerful moments of the night.
Keala Settle’s electrifying performance of “This Is Me,” which was nominated for best original song, emphasized the themes of diversity and women empowerment with the influential lyrics “I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me.” Her performance received a thunderous standing ovation.
Disney Pixar’s Coco won the award for best animated feature film. Director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson gave a speech about using the power of filmmaking to showcase the importance of inclusion and representation. “We wanted to give Mexican and Mexican American kids something to look up to,” Unkrich said. Anderson added “ Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world, and this can only be done when we have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an other to be heard.”
The most political statement of the night came from presenters Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani who introduced themselves as immigrants and ended their speech by saying, “To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you,” referring to the policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Aside from the Time’s Up movement and diversity, the 2018 Oscars had plenty of great and funny moments. Roger Deakins finally won his first award for best cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 after being nominated 14 times, which he joked about in his acceptance speech.
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph were by far the funniest presenters of the night, referencing each other's bathroom-emergency scenes in Girls Trip and Bridesmaids , joking about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and complaining about high heels.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel and a group of celebrities went across the street to a movie theater and interrupted a showing of A Wrinkle in Time to thank moviegoers around the world. They handed out snacks and even had someone from the audience announce the next presenters, which they screened at the Oscars.
Before the presentation of the show’s most prestigious award of best picture, Kimmel joked about how nothing could possibly go wrong at this point in the show, referencing last year’s mix up between La La Land and Moonlight . The Shape of Water expectedly took home the award.
At the beginning of the night, Kimmel promised a jet ski to the Oscar winner with the shortest speech, which was given to costume designer Mark Bridges. He and Helen Mirren hilariously rode off on the jet ski to end the night.
The Oscars may be over, but you can still relive them through these memorable moments!