The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.
On Sunday night at the 2018 Oscars, the big winner was a love story involving a fish-man, which beat out a revenge comedy centered on the death of a teen girl and a horror flick featuring body-snatching Caucasian people.
Going further into the awards, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water which had 13 nominations, ended up winning four Oscars, including major categories Best Picture and Directing, as well as Production Design and Original Score.
The other big winners of the night were Jordan Peele, who won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out; Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, Best Actress and Supporting Actor (respectively) for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; James Ivory, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me by Your Name; Gary Oldman, who won Best Actor for The Darkest Hour; and Allison Janney, for Best Supporting Actress for I,Tonya.
Last year, the two-month awards process was dominated by the collective response to the newly minted Trump administration. While politics played a significant part in Sunday’s telecast, there was also the matter of the #MeToo movement, as the entertainment industry still seeks to get its own house in order.