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9 things that happened at the 2018 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel’s political jokes, J-Law’s wine and everything else that went down at the 90th Annual Academy Awards…

The 90th Annual Academy Awards took place yesterday and while it was less political than this year’s Golden Globes there were still plenty of talking points from Hollywood’s biggest night. With the event winding down, conversations around what happened on the day are just beginning so, we’ve summarised everything you need to know about the ceremony in order to look informed.


1. Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue was heavy on the Harvey Weinstein jokes:

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In his second turn as Oscars host, Jimmy Kimmel’s lengthy opening speech touched on last year’s Best Picture mix-up (we’re still not over it) and ribbed Timothée Chalamet for his age (he was the youngest Best Actor nominee in almost 80 years at 22). However, it was his comments about Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s ongoing sexism scandal that really had Twitter talking.

“Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood,” said Jimmy, speaking of the golden statue given to the night’s winners. “And there’s a very good reason why. Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never says a rude word and, most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations. And that’s the kind of men we need more of in this town.”

Jimmy was far from done though adding, “Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women. We made a movie called What Women Want and it starred Mel Gibson. Kind of all you need to know. The Academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks. There were a lot of great nominees, but Harvey deserved it the most. And — oh, that’s nice. That’s very sweet. So, I’m sure he’ll appreciate that applause. The Academy kicked him out and after they did, I was curious, so, I looked it up. You know the only other person to be expelled from the Academy, ever, was a character actor named Carmine Caridi. In 2004, he was kicked out for sharing screeners. Carmine Caridi got the same punishment as Harvey Weinstein for giving his neighbour a copy of Seabiscuit on VHS.’

Wonder if Weinstein was watching at home…


2. Jennifer Lawrence stole the show – again:

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She’s been nominated four times, won once and made us laugh more times than we can count – and thankfully the 2018 Oscars was no different for Jennifer Lawrence.

After discovering she’d missed her actual seat by one row J-Law hitched up her Dior gown and clambered over a row of seats all the while expertly balancing a glass of wine. A move that may have toppled the best of us, she remained calm, collected and in control all while wearing a designer gown and heels. Her wine-drinking, chair-climbing antics definitely made her a hero in our books.


3. Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani sent a message to Dreamers:

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Presenting the award for Production Design, Lupita and Kumail introduced themselves as immigrants (from Kenya and Pakistan respectively) and made a poignant appeal for Dreamers: those who live in America under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which Donald Trump ended in September 2017.

“Like everyone in this room, and everyone watching at home, we are Dreamers,” said Lupita. “We grew up dreaming of one day working in movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood. And dreams are the foundation of America.”

“And so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you,” added Kumail.


4. Tiffany Haddish (probably) had a better night than any of the winners:

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Not only did the Girls Trip star ace her presenting slot with Maya Rudolph by removing her heels and calling our blisters, but she also met her hero Meryl Streep… and asked her to be her “mama”.


5. Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren were pretty much everything:

The two Hollywood legends came together hand-in-hand to present the award for Best Actor. “Jane and I are very, very honoured to have been asked to present together, on Oscar’s 90th birthday,” began Dame Helen. “Yeah, especially when we found out he’s older than we are,” quipped Jane, with a wink. “I mean that’s an anomaly here in Hollywood, having an older man with a younger woman,” finished Helen, as the auditorium erupted into laughter. We. Love. These. Ladies.


6. Emma Stone using her presenting slot to make a statement:

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We like to call it ‘doing a Natalie Portman’ after Emma Stone’s dropped the line, “these four men AND GRETA GERWIG created their own masterpieces this year,” while presenting the award for Best Director.

It’s a clever call by the actress with the statement not only acknowledging the Academy for including Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig in the category but also still pointing out the lack of female nominees.


7. Frances McDormand gave us the chills:

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The Best Actress winner invited all female nominees, from all categories, to stand as she accepted her award. “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider,” said Frances, who won for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In case you’re wondering, an inclusion rider is a clause an actor can put in their contracts if they want to ensure gender and racial equality on film sets.


8. Everyone joked about last year’s little mishap:

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The Academy – and more specifically Best Picture presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty – took the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to addressing last year’s craziest Oscars moment. (You know, when they announced La La Land as the winner when it was actually Moonlight).

“It’s so nice seeing you again,” Beatty began. “Presenting is lovelier the second time around,” joked Dunaway, as the audience gave them a standing ovation. The duo then successfully announced The Shape Of Water as this year’s Best Picture and 2017’s mistake was all but forgotten.


9. All these people went home with awards:

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Your full list of Oscar winners 2018 is as follows:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Original Screenplay: Get Out
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name
Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Animated Feature: Coco
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Film Editing: Dunkirk
Live Action Short: The Silent Child
Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Documentary Short: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Score: The Shape of Water
Song: Remember Me from Coco
Production Design: The Shape of Water
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Documentary Feature: Icarus
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Photos: Getty Images and GIPHY.
This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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