When it came to awards, the 2018 Oscars were the all about The Shape of Water, but the ceremony for the 90th Academy Awards was full of much more varied highs - and lows. The annual Oscar ceremony is always a highlight of the cinematic calendar. Across the globe, millions tune in to see who will be taking home one of the coveted gold statuettes. Whatever your opinions - whether you feel the right movies, actors, or directors won - there's one thing everyone tends to agree on; the ceremony itself is always worth watching because something always happens.
Granted, there was never going to be another shocker like there was in 2017, when Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope and accidentally named La La Land as Best Picture instead of Moonlight. There are now additional procedures in place to ensure something like that never happens again, but even so, the Oscars 2018 still threw up plenty of surprises, great moments and... well, some that weren't so great.
Jimmy Kimmel's Hilarious Opening Monologue
This being the 90th Oscars, there needed to be something of a celebration, and that came with the opening montage. Shown in black and white, in the style of an old cinefilm, host Jimmy Kimmel talked us through the red carpet arrivals, and then the ceremony came alive with a burst of color.
Kimmel seemed like a safe pair of hands last year, despite the now legendary mix-up, but his opening speech for 2018 didn't pull any punches. When discussing Chadwick Boseman's red carpet arrival, Kimmel mused about Wakanda having a Black leader. "Can you imagine?" he asked wickedly. "Wouldn't that be swell?" That dig at the current President was quickly followed by a nod to Lupita Nyong'o; noting that she was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Kimmel then added that he was expecting the President to begin his bathroom tweeting spree any second.
The speech covered more than just Trump, marking Kimmel out as one of the most dextrous hosts. One subject that is currently at the forefront of our volatile socio-political climate is the #MeToo movement. Kimmel tackled the subject with ease, calling the statue of Oscar a "statue of limitations," and the perfect guy because he "has his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and he doesn't have a penis." Kimmel then raised the matter of Harvey Weinstein being expelled from the Academy, adding that "if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”
Another hot topic for Kimmel throughout the night was the popularity of Black Panther, which is still reigning supreme at the top of the box office. "I remember a time when a minority or a female couldn't front a superhero movie," Kimmel said, referencing Black Panther and Wonder Woman. "And I remember that because it was March last year." Boseman certainly appreciated the nods, too; later on, when returning from a commercial break, Kimmel quipped "In the first 38 minutes of the ceremony. Black Panther has grossed another $48 million dollars at the box office," and Boseman laughed, rubbing his hands together with glee.
The Various Attempts To Make Speeches Shorter
A long-running Oscar joke is the length of the ceremony each year. It's renowned for overrunning, and in recent years we've become accustomed to the music cutting in over the end of acceptance speeches, so Kimmel decided to get in there first. Teasing the audience to keep things quick, he then told them the person with the shortest acceptance speech could win a "fabulous jet ski," which was then expertly modeled by none other than Helen Mirren. Just in case the audience had forgotten, though, Kimmel said he'd decided against the music and he had a new tact to try. Enter Lakeith Stanfield yelling "Get Out!" in full character costume from the movie.
The running gag didn't stop there though; as the evening progressed, Kimmel upped the prize, throwing in a trip to Lake Havasu as well. However, all of this may have backfired with the Best Picture awarding: The Shape of Water's producers were played off after Guillermo del Toro's first speech, leading to confusion on stage.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cast Present Coco Animated Feature
There was seemingly no end to the impressive stars that Kimmel had supporting him, although the highlights may have to be Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Mark Hamill, Kelly-Marie Tran, and Oscar Isaac (joined by BB-8) presenting Best Animated Short, and Best Animated Feature. Their entire time on stage was a delight, with Isaac rubbing the droid's belly and entering into a running gag about understanding BB-8's chirps. Hamill was on classic form, with Dad jokes aplenty (including "don't say La La Land," as he opened the envelope to announce Dear Basketball as the Best Animated Short winner).
Perhaps best of all, though, was Isaac's sheer exuberance at announcing Coco as the winner of Best Animated Feature.