Last year's 89th Oscars ended in chaos and confusion, making it the talk of the world. At the 90th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, the Bonnie & Clyde co-stars returned for a do-over and this time, they got it right.
"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.
Disney's "Coco", about a 12-year-old aspiring musician in Mexico, won best animated feature and best original song.
Sure, some of the montages and presenters were a bit random, but overall, the show played really well.
"We don't make movies like "Call Me by Your Name" for money", said Kimmel, referring to the same-sex coming-of-age romance between a teen and a young man in 1980s Italy.
Well, because people - at least in the business - loved it, of course. Gary Oldman got the "Best Actor" award for "Darkest Hour" while Frances McDormand got the Oscar in the "Best Actress" category for the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong".
Additionally, there is enormous goodwill in the community towards the people responsible for Shape of Water, especially del Toro.
"The greatest thing that art does - and that our industry does - is erase lines in the sand", said Guillermo del Toro, who won for directing "The Shape of Water". And it is extremely important when we do it, to remember where we're from.
Moreover, Shape of Water is an acting showcase, and none of the Academy's 17 branches is larger than its actors branch (which accounts for almost 17% of the voting body).
Organizers were looking to rebound after last year's flubbed announcement by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway of the best picture victor, the trophy was initially given to "La La Land", when the actual victor was "Moonlight".
Made for only 19 million USA dollars, the movie has grossed 126 million dollars worldwide to date. "Everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about things that are real in the world today, you can do it". "The Shape of Water" was selected as the "Best Film" of the year. His came for playing a ferocious yet vulnerable Winston Churchill in best-picture nominee "Darkest Hour", which also took home a prize for best makeup and hairstyling. 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". Three Billboards scored two acting wins - best actress for Frances McDormand, 21 years after she won in the category for Fargo, and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell, who had never before been nominated.
Three widely admired veteran actors won their first Oscars.
Award for "Best Adapted Screenplay" was won by James Ivory for "Call Me By Your Name".
Only Lady Bird and The Post left empty-handed - unless you count Lady Bird's writer and first-time solo director Greta Gerwig's newfound status as one of the hottest filmmakers in the business.
This was the first Oscar nomination and win for Austerberry and production design teammates Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau.
"We hope "Icarus" is a wake up call - yes about Russian Federation, but also about the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever", director Bryan Fogel said.
"The Shape of Water" was considered a front-runner for best director but faced a tight field of competitors whose wins would have also carried strong storylines. It had gone into the ceremony with the most nominations: 13. So yes, Kobe Bryant, the most popular man in L.A. not named Vin Scully, is now not only a five-time National Basketball Association champion, but also an Oscar victor.