"The Shape of Water" wins big at 90th Academy Awards

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER

"The Shape of Water" on March 4 won top honors at the Oscars including the coveted best picture statuette, bringing the curtain down on a Hollywood awards season overshadowed by scandal over sexual misconduct in showbiz. Marie, was part of a three-man team awarded the Oscar for Best Production Design for their work on Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.

The British star, 59, picked up the best actor prize for his turn in Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand won the best actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Oscar in the "Best Sound Editing" was awarded to Richard King and Alex Gibson whereas Gregg Landaker, Garry A Rizzo and Mark Weingarten won the "Best Sound Mixing" award for Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk".

"I was a kid enamoured with movies, growing up in Mexico", del Toro told the audience. He dedicated the win to young filmmakers around the world. "I never thought this could happen and it happens", said del Toro. It could be called a "genre film", and indeed genre films have always played better with the public than with the Academy, but upon closer inspection it's really a hybrid of drama, comedy, fantasy, romance, musical and monster movie, effective at each of those things individually and collectively.

The 90th Academy Awards turned Sunday night's ceremony in Los Angeles into a celebration and exhortation of representation and inclusion, after a year marked by seismic cultural change in Hollywood that rippled across the world.

Disgraced mogul Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by scores of actresses.

He set aside the snark for an earnest appeal for safer workplaces: "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore".

"I think every time we can demonstrate in any form - be it sport, science, art, culture, anywhere - what we have to bring to the world discourse, to the world conversation, it is extremely important. We need to set an example".

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney took home their first Oscars for their supporting roles in "Three Billboards" and independent ice-skating movie "I, Tonya", respectively.

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing", declared McDormand.

Three widely admired veteran actors won their first Oscars. Hers came for playing a revenge-seeking mother in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's lacerating and controversial fable about a small town racked by grief and anger, which also won a supporting actor prize for Sam Rockwell as a racist police officer.

"My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession".

In speech after speech, Oscar winners and presenters paid tribute to the #MeToo movement, rallied for racial diversity and pushed for gender equality.

The Time's Up initiative was not as visible as at the Golden Globes in January, with no coordinated protest - like the striking Globes red carpet "blackout".

And director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and others spoke in a video segment about progress in smashing barriers in the industry around racism and sexism.

Subbing for last year's best-actor victor, Casey Affleck, in presenting the best-actress award were Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence.

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation "Get Out", becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to present the best picture award after last year's blunder.

In a surprise turn of events, Beatty and Dunaway were tapped to present the same prize this time around, and the presentation went without a hitch.

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