Oscars: 'The Shape of Water' Wins Best Original Score

Oscars: 'The Shape of Water' Wins Best Original Score

Oscars: 'The Shape of Water' Wins Best Original Score

The Cold War fantasy film "The Shape of Water" is the victor of the best picture Academy Award.

There were three Oscars in the technical categories for Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" and one each for "Darkest Hour", "Phantom Thread" and "The Shape of Water".

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

"We work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality", said Judd. He dedicated the best picture award to young filmmakers - "the youth who are showing us how things are done".

Taking best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the unpredictable star appeared genuinely excited, hyperventilating and joking, "I think this is what (Olympic snowboarder) Chloe Kim must have felt like after she did back-to-back 1080s". "Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America".

Last year's victor, "Moonlight", took in US$5.7 million after it won best picture, or 21 percent of its total USA and Canadian ticket sales, according to comScore.

"This year, the Oscars are really surprisingly and beautifully inclusive", Luca Guadagnino, director of "Call Me By Your Name", an outside bet for best picture, told AFP at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards.

That film yielded the oldest Oscar victor ever: James Ivory, who at 89 picked up a screenplay award for adapting it from the 2007 novel of the same name.

Several cinema legends won their first Oscar. "Thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters", Desplat said to del Toro from the stage of the Dolby tonight.

The trio also won in the same category at the recent British Academy Film Awards.

Who could win: Aaron Sorkin has won an Oscar before and the screenplay in "Molly's Game" is quite good. It also won best visual effects on Sunday.

With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, "Let's get it right this time!"

In the end, though, my prediction is "The Shape of Water".

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