Tonight is The Oscars. Adventures in Poor Taste! has all the winners, upsets, and who wore what (well, maybe not that.) When the ceremony ends, I will give the award for Best Performance at the Oscars .
The show opens with a 1920s news reel style opening. Obligatory Trump Twitter joke made in the first 45 seconds. Host Jimmy Kimmel gives a funny enough opening and makes sure to remind everyone how forward thinking Hollywood is. Kimmel also makes it a point to tell all the winners to speak as long as they want to.
The first award of the night is for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, presented by Viola Davis. This year there is a cool montage with scenes of previous winners in their Oscar winning roles. Sam Rockwell wins and give a funny speech about his grandma and billboards immediately becoming the favorite to win the Best Performance at the Oscars.
This is when I first noticed the weird camera angles. Normally, they shoot with a front facing camera but this year they shot from the side and would zoom in like a concert video. There is also a cool montage of movies from the past 90 years, musical performances from Mary J. Blige, Gael Garcia Bernal, and awards that do not get the previous winner montage treatment.
Another awesome montage of previous Supporting Actress winners before Mahershala Ali presents Best Actress in a Supporting role. Alison Janney wins and starts her speech by saying, “I did it all by myself.” Janney looked to be a shoo-in for Best Performance at the Oscars, before delivering a normal acceptance speech. Still, she earns a nomination.
Commercial break includes a trailer for the new season of Roseanne. Time has not been kind to the Conners. Fun sketch with Jimmy Kimmel and “young” Jimmy Kimmel followed by a painful exchange between Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, who are joined by BB-8 and a performance from Sufjan Stevens.
The winners for Visual Effects get played off during their acceptance speech despite the earlier proclamation that everyone could take their time. Lee Smith wins for Film Editing and talks about the clock counting down his speech. Kimmel gathers a group of celebrities including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Guillermo Del Toro to walk to the theater across the street to meet the people there.
The actors invade a theater across the street and have one of the theater goers introduce Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph. Cute bit. Haddish and Rudolph earn an easy nomination for Best Oscar Performance. Rachel Shenton also gives a great speech while accepting for Live Action Short. Common adds to his record by performing on his 59th straight awards show. Jordan Peele wins for Original Screenplay and earns a nomination for Best Performance at the Oscars.
Yet another great montage for Actor in a Leading Role, presented by Jane Fonda and Helen Miren. They should do this every year. Without any dramatic pause, Fonda announces Gary Oldman as the winner. Not an upset, but Daniel Day-Lewis should have won.
This leads right into Actress in a Leading Role presented by Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence. Frances McDormand wins and a comedy of errors begin. The person who reads the winners stumbles over her words and McDormand stumbles over her feet.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty are back to announce the winner for Best Picture. Beatty is unable to get the envelop open and just announces The Shape of Water as the winner. Del Toro checks the envelope when he gets on stage. After Del Toro’s speech, someone else tries to give a speech. They play music then darken the lights as he is speaking. When the lights come back up, the microphone stand is gone and Kimmel asks him to say something. The man is obviously upset and just thanks Del Toro. Guess you need at least one major screw up.
The final award of the night is for Best Performance at the Oscars. The nominees are: Same Rockwell, Allison Janney, Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph (duo nomination), Rachel Shenton, and Jordan Peele. And the winner is…Jordan Peele! Peele gave an impassioned speech that delivered a strong message without being overly preachy.
Overall, the Oscars were fine. The montages were great and most of the skits were funny. Allowing the winners to speak was a good idea, but making a point of no time limits was a bad idea since that obviously was not going to be the case. Best Academy Awards show in years.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hours
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Documentary Feature: Icarus
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Production Design : The Shape of Water
Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Animated Feature Film: Coco
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Film Editing: Dunkirk
Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Live-Action Short: The Silent Child
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Original Score: The Shape of Water
Original Song: “Remember Me” (Coco)
Directing: Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)