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Deakins finally gets his Oscar

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Look, I know a lot of big things happened at the Oscars last night, but if you’re a big film buff the biggest moment was Roger “I’m never going to win an Oscar” Deakins finally, finally, finally laying his hands on that little golden statue. The man has been one of the most prolific and talented cinematographers in history, netting 14 nominations without a single win, and last night he finally got his. We were actually planning a rant piece on him getting snubbed again, but now we don’t have to write it!

Other things won as well as the Oscars confronted Hollywood’s patriarchy full force with almost every single presenter touching on the subject in some way or another, while Kimmel adorably brought a bunch of famous people to a movie theater across the street, and Bonnie and Clyde got a redo at delivering the best picture news (with Warren Beatty clutching the Best Picture card like it was… the Best Picture card). I still think Darkest Hour or Dunkirk should have won, but considering Dunkirk took home like every other “smaller” award it got plenty of recognition. 

The Shape of Water pulled off somewhat of a surprise by pulling in the Best Picture win, giving science-fiction/fantasy films a bit more recognition within the Academy. It’s another nod that maybe the Oscars are changing, as nominees get pulled in from other genres than drama and actually have a shot at winning. A lot of the other winners were more predictable with Gary Oldman deservedly bringing home best actor, and Frances McDormand pulling in Best Actress. 

While McDormand delivered a striking, if chaotic, speech upon winning I think I’d have to give acceptance of the night to Allison Janney, who actually seemed flabbergasted that she won, but also delivered jokes and thanks in a well delivered manner. I guess all that drilling by the White House press corp helped.

By the way, if you’re looking for something to listen to while working today Alexandre Desplat’s score for The Shape of Water is so incredibly good. 

What did you think of the Oscars? Who should have won, and who shouldn’t?

Best picture

The Shape of Water

Best actress

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best actor

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best original song

“Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from Coco

Best original score

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Best cinematography

Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Best original screenplay

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best adapted screenplay

James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name

Best live action short film

The Silent Child

Best documentary short subject

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best film editing

Lee Smith, Dunkirk

Best visual effects

John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049

Best animated feature film


Best animated short film

Dear Basketball

Best supporting actress

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best foreign language film

A Fantastic Woman, Chile

Best production design

Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey Melvin, The Shape of Water

Best sound editing

Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk

Best sound mixing

Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Dunkirk

Best documentary feature


Best costume design

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Best makeup and hairstyling

Kazuhiro Tsuji, Lucy Sibbick and David Malinowski, Darkest Hour

Best supporting actor

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


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