Here's Your Oscar Night Recap In BulletPoints

By: Stephen Hladik

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, photo via  NBC

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, photo via NBC

The 90th annual Academy Awards took place last night at the Dolby Theatre, and it came with many surprises, milestones, political statements, and plenty of major moments. The night's big winner was "The Shape of Water", which took home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, who became the third Mexican director in five years to take Best Director home.

  • Mexico was also represented in the Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song Category for "Remember Me." 
  • Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for playing Tonya Harding's mom in "I,Tonya" 
  • Jordan Peele became the first African American man in history to win Best Original Screenplay for "Get Out"
  • Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph served as hilarious co-presenters (um, they should qualify to be hosts next year)
  • Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani made a political statement in support of Dreamers, "To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you.”
  •  Best Adapted Screenplay went to legendary screenwriter James Ivory for "Call Me By Your Name"
  •  The TimesUp and #MeToo movement was a major topic of the evening. Salma Hayek, Mira Sorvino, and Annabella Sciorra, three actresses who came forward about Harvey Weinstein presented together, and host Jimmy Kimmel addressed the matter in a serious tone in the beginning of the broadcast.
  • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" took home Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell and Best Actress for Frances McDormand,

However, the Oscars didn't fully catch up with the movement. Kobe Bryant won Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball and Gary Oldman took home Best Actor for Darkest Hour. Oldman has been accused of domestic violence and Bryant was accused of raping a teenage girl in 2003.

Frances McDormand, photo via  New York Times

Frances McDormand, photo via New York Times

 Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" actress, had the most rousing speech of the night, where she encouraged every female nominee in every category to stand up and be celebrated. She closed out her speech by giving a call to arms for the industry with two words "inclusion rider." While many didn't know what she meant at first, she clarified in the press room that an inclusion rider is a part of a contract for someone who is working on a film where they can ask and or demand for diversity on or off screen. 


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