The Never-Ending Movie Montages
Again in honor of this being the 90th Academy Awards, the evening was peppered with movie montages, which lifted the mood of the evening and provided great entertainment. The centerpiece was a lengthy piece covering iconic movie moments, but others were used to put focus on certain aspects and announce the four acting categories.
However, not everyone was on board with the montages: on social media, many viewers found them overly long or to be padding out the runtime. Considering the show was nearly four hours long - and despite an earlier start time still finished as late as always - they're not totally wrong.
Kimmel and Friends Gatecrash a Movie Showing
Ellen started it all with her selfie and pizza delivery, and now, each and every year we have the Oscar presenter trying to go one better by pulling some madcap stunt. Last year, Kimmel had an LA tour bus stop off in the middle of the ceremony, and this year tried to top it.
Kimmel decided to lead a group of celebrity guests next door to a theater where a preview for A Wrinkle in Time was showing: Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Guillermo del Toro, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ansel Elgort, Margot Robbie, Armie Hammer, and Lupita Nyong'o all made the short walk, surprising the audience with candy, a sub, and hot dog canons. Did it work? While it may have been fun on paper, though, in practice, it was rather awkward and insanely out of control - especially as the gang interrupted the movie to do it. The best part? Gal Gadot introducing herself and Kimmel with "I don't know if you know who we are? Oh, you do."
Best Live-Action Short Acceptance Speech In Sign Language
Best Live-Action Short isn't usually a category that draws that much attention, but the acceptance this year was something special. It was won by Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton for their short, The Silent Child, which tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old. Shenton wrote the movie, and also stars in it as the social worker who teaches Libby sign language. When arriving on stage to collect the Oscar, Shenton preempted her speech by saying she'd promised Maisie Sly, the little girl who plays Libby, that she would sign her acceptance speech. She found it difficult as her hands were shaking, but she managed it beautifully and fluently. The acceptance was rounded off with Overton thanking Shenton, his fiancee, for her performance and script.