By Drew Modjeski
“The Shape of Water” was the biggest winner of the 90th Academy Awards as it took home the award for Best Picture. Also, the film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, won the Oscar for Best Director.
In other major categories, Gary Oldman won the award for Best Actor in a leading role for his portrayal of famed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell took home gold for Best Actress in a leading role and Best Supporting Actor.
“I, Tonya” received one award win as Allison Janney won the award for Best Supporting Actress.
But, the biggest shock of the night also made history as Jordan Peele was the first black writer to win the award for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Going into the show, Peele already made history as the first black nominee for the big three categories, Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.
The talk of the show was not mostly on the winners however, as the #Metoo and #TimesUp movements were front and center at the Academy Awards this year. But, like most years the winners ended up being predominantly male.
Here are the women who won awards in the categories. Frances McDormand won for Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role as LaVona Golden in “I, Tonya.” Darla K. Anderson for best Animated Feature Film, “Coco.” Lucy Sibbick won for Best Makeup and Hairstyling in the “Darkest Hour.” Rachel Shenton won Best Short Film (Live Action) for “The Silent Child.” Kristen Anderson-Lopez won Best Original Song, “Remember Me,” from “Coco.
Six women won compared to the 33 male winners, and Sibbick, Shenton and Anderson-Lopez also shared their Oscar wins with men.
On the night that Hollywood tried to distance itself from it’s disgusting past, its biggest award show handed out the fewest Oscars to women since 2012, when only four women won that night.
The number of women nominated for Academy Awards tied a record with 50 women being nominated. However, that still represents less than 25 percent of total nominees as 150 men received nominations.
Also, Best Actor Winner, Gary Oldman, and Best Animated Short winner, NBA legend Kobe Bryant have had history of alleged assault against women. Oldman has been accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino, in 2001. Bryant was arrested for sexual assault in 2003 after being accused of rape. The case was eventually dropped after the accuser refused to testify in court.
But, despite the disappointing results, the night was full of memorable moments for #MeToo and #TimesUp. A video package was shown containing stars including Oscar nominee for Best Director, Greta Gerwig, Harvey Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino and many others claiming that Hollywood is changing.
The biggest highlight of the night was the acceptance speech from Best Actress in a Leading Role winner, Frances McDormand. McDormand had every female nominee that night stand up to a huge ovation from the crowd.