Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water wins big with five awards; complete winners list revealed

We’ve had our Golden Globes, Directors Guild Awards, BAFTAs, Spirit Awards, and all the other shows that honour the films and filmmakers of the last year, but now it’s time for the big granddaddy of the film awards world! Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time, the 90th annual Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  – or just the 2018 Oscars, if you don’t prefer that mouthful – took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California this morning.

Before a single name was even read out, some history had already been made as Jordan Peele (Get Out) only became the fifth black director ever be nominated, Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) became the only fifth female director to be recognized. Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) also became the very first woman to be nominated for cinematography. However, it appears that the Academy was more interested in rewriting history books in a different way.

Finally, after four nominations, Guillermo Del Toro has nabbed not just one, but two (of the biggest) Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape of Water. Finally, after an incredibly celebrated four-decade career and only one previous criminal nomination, Gary Oldman finally has a Best Actor Oscar for Darkest Hour. Finally, after literally hundreds of other nominations recognizing him as one of the greatest at his craft ever, Roger Deakins was finally nominated and won a Cinematography Oscar for Blade Runner. Finally, after winning the biggest awards in just about every other medium from stage to TV screen, veteran Allison Janney has won a feature film Oscar by picking up the Best Supporting Actress gold for her role in I, Tonya.

FINALLY. I think they should just have made that the tagline for this year’s show.

This year’s Oscars did pretty much stick to the expected script though, as most of the expected winners went home with the gold in a night that was short on snubs. Easily the biggest favourite on the night, Frances McDormand took home the best Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and then crowned that off with an acceptance speech that is sure to be quoted over the next few days as she called on every single female nominee of every category to stand and be recognized in the room. Even more than that, she ended it with two words:”inclusion rider”. That is a clause in an actor’s contract that requires the cast and crew be diverse in order to retain the actor, and that is a very big deal if she does it and others follow suit.

And continuing on with the message of diversity, while Jordan Peele may have missed out on the Best Director award but he grabbed the Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. He is the first black filmmaker to ever win an award in this category, an achievement the difficulty of which he acknowledged in his acceptance speech by saying that “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible.”

Outside of just who got golden statues, the Oscars show actually made a point of also saying something about diversity and inclusivity as a short video montage about representation was shown. It’s admittedly just a small step for the industry, as some of the stats above show, but at least they’re taking a step. Finally.

Overall, Del Toro’s hotly touted dark fantasy romance The Shape of Water walked away with four awards in total (from thirteen nominations), while Chris Nolan may have missed out on Best Director but his Dunkirk grabbed a trio of technical awards. One of those awards was one of the very few surprises, if you ask me, as I was certain Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver would take home the award for Sound Editing.

As for the rest, here is the full list of nominees with winners in bold below:

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Best Picture

  • The Shape of Water
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Guillermo del Toro – Shape of Water
  • Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep – The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Adapted Screenplay

  • James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name
  • Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist
  • Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green – Logan
  • Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
  • Virgil Williams and Dee Rees – Mudbound

Original Screenplay

  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
  • Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Roger A. Deakins – Blade Runner: 2049
  • Bruno Delbonnel – Darkest Hour
  • Hoyte van Hoytema – Dunkirk
  • Rachel Morrison – Mudbound
  • Dan Laustsen – The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Film

  • Coco
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Foreign Language Film

  • A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
  • The Insult (Lebanon)
  • Loveless (Russia)
  • Body and Soul (Hungary)
  • The Square (Sweden)

Documentary Feature

  • Icarus
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Faces Places
  • Last Men in Aleppo
  • Strong Island

Film Editing

  • Lee Smith – Dunkirk
  • Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos – Baby Driver
  • Tatiana S. Riegel – I, Tonya
  • Sidney Wolinsky – The Shape of Water
  • Jon Gregory – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design

  • The Shape of Water (Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)
  • Blade Runner: 2049 (Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola)
  • Darkest Hour (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)
  • Dunkirk (Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis)

Costume Design

  • Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread
  • Jacqueline Durran – Beauty and the Beast
  • Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour
  • Luis Sequeira – The Shape of Water
  • Consolota Boyle – Victoria & Abdul

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick – Darkest Hour
  • Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard – Victoria & Abdul
  • Arjen Tuiten – Wonder

Original Song

  • “Remember Me” – Coco
  • “Mighty River” – Mudbound
  • “Mystery of Love” – Call Me by Your Name
  • “Stand Up for Something” – Marshall
  • “This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman

Original Score

  • Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water
  • Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk
  • Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
  • John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Carter Burwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sound Editing

  • Richard King and Alex Gibson – Dunkirk
  • Julian Slater – Baby Driver
  • Mark Mangini and Theo Green – Blade Runner 2049
  • Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira – The Shape of Water
  • Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

  • Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landarker, and Gary A. Rizzo – Dunkirk
  • Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis – Baby Driver
  • Ron Bartlett, Dough Hemphill, and Mac Ruth – Blade Runner 2049
  • Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier – The Shape of Water
  • David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Animated Short Film

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film

  • The Silent Child
  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • Watu Wote: All of Us

Documentary Short Subject

  • Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  • Edith and Eddie
  • Heroin(e)
  • Knife Skills
  • Traffic Stop

Oh and besides for golden statues of naked men holding swords (has there ever been a more phallic award than this?) the Oscars was also all about the hotdogs and snacks!

Last Updated: March 5, 2018

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