90th Academy Awards
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2017, and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was held on March 4, 2018, rather than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, which was televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and directed by Glenn Weiss. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted for the second consecutive year.
|90th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 4, 2018|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Jimmy Kimmel|
|Produced by||Michael De Luca|
|Directed by||Glenn Weiss|
|Best Picture||The Shape of Water|
|Most awards||The Shape of Water (4)|
|Most nominations||The Shape of Water (13)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 53 minutes|
14.9% (Nielsen ratings)
In related events, the Academy held its 9th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 11, 2017. On February 10, 2018, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards were presented by host Patrick Stewart.
The Shape of Water won four awards, including Best Picture. Other winners included Dunkirk with three awards, Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Darkest Hour, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with two awards, and Call Me by Your Name, Dear Basketball, A Fantastic Woman, Get Out, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, I, Tonya, Icarus, Phantom Thread, and The Silent Child with one. With a viewership of 26.5 million, it is the third-least watched ceremony since Nielsen began keeping track of the ratings records.
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2018, at 5:22 a.m. PST (13:22 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. The Shape of Water led all nominees with thirteen nominations; Dunkirk came in second with eight.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 4, 2018. Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director. At age 22, Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet was the third-youngest person nominated in that category and the youngest since 19-year-old Mickey Rooney for his role in Babes in Arms in 1939. At age 88, Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer became the oldest ever performer nominated for a competitive Oscar. By virtue of her nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for Mudbound, Mary J. Blige was the first person to be nominated for both acting and songwriting in the same year. At age 89, Best Adapted Screenplay winner James Ivory became the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar. Jordan Peele was the first African American winner for Best Original Screenplay. Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated for Best Cinematography.
- Academy Honorary Awards
- Agnès Varda – "Whose compassion and curiosity inform a uniquely personal cinema."
- Charles Burnett – "A resolutely independent and influential film pioneer who has chronicled the lives of black Americans with eloquence and insight."
- Donald Sutherland – "For a lifetime of indelible characters, rendered with unwavering truthfulness."
- Owen Roizman – "Whose expansive visual style and technical innovation have advanced the art of cinematography."
- Special Achievement Academy Award
Films with multiple nominations and awards
|13||The Shape of Water|
|7||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|5||Blade Runner 2049|
|4||Call Me by Your Name|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|2||Beauty and the Beast|
|Victoria & Abdul|
Presenters and performers
|Randy Thomas||Announcer for the 90th annual Academy Awards|
|Viola Davis||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Presenters of the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling|
|Eva Marie Saint||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Presenters of the award for Best Documentary Feature|
|Taraji P. Henson||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Mighty River"|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing|
|Presenters of the award for Best Production Design|
|Eugenio Derbez||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Remember Me"|
|Rita Moreno||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Mahershala Ali||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
Kelly Marie Tran
|Presenters of the awards for Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature Film|
|Daniela Vega||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Mystery of Love"|
|Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Matthew McConaughey||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film|
|Dave Chappelle||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Stand Up for Something"|
Salma Hayek Pinault
|Presenters of a special presentation highlighting the Time's Up movement and diversity in film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Nicole Kidman||Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay|
|Wes Studi||Presenter of a special presentation highlighting depictions of the U.S. military in film|
|Sandra Bullock||Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Zendaya||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "This Is Me"|
|Christopher Walken||Presenter of the award for Best Original Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Jennifer Garner||Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute|
|Emma Stone||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Presenters of the award for Best Actor|
|Presenters of the award for Best Actress|
|Presenters of the award for Best Picture|
|Harold Wheeler||Musical arranger|
|Mary J. Blige||Performer||"Mighty River" from Mudbound|
|Gael García Bernal|
|Performers||"Remember Me" from Coco|
|Performers||"Mystery of Love" from Call Me by Your Name|
|Performers||"Stand Up for Something" from Marshall|
|Keala Settle||Performer||"This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman|
|Eddie Vedder||Performer||"Room at the Top" during the annual In Memoriam tribute|
Despite the mixed reception received by the preceding year's ceremony, the Academy rehired Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd as producers for the second consecutive year. In May 2017, it was announced that Jimmy Kimmel would return as host for a second consecutive year. “Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one our finest hosts in Oscar history,” said AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a press release announcing the return of the show's producers and hosts. Kimmel expressed that he was thrilled to be selected to emcee the gala again, commenting, "Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl [Boone Isaacs], Dawn [Hudson], and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd. If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!" Kimmel became the first person to host consecutive ceremonies since Billy Crystal hosted the 69th and 70th ceremonies held in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
Several others participated in the production of the ceremony and related events. Harold Wheeler served as musical director for the ceremony. Production designer Derek McLane designed a new stage for the ceremony which prominently featured a curtain made of forty-five million Swarovski crystals. During the nominations announcement, several vignettes featuring Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh were shown before several categories highlighting the importance of below-the-line crafts in the film production. Four days prior to the ceremony, the Academy in conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic hosted a special concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall highlighting the Best Original Score nominees and the involvement of music in the film making process. During the performance of Best Song nominee "Stand for Something", ten individuals such as activist Dolores Huerta, Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, chef and humanitarian José Andrés, and author Janet Mock appeared onstage to represent people who epitomized the message of the song. In view of the previous year's Best Picture announcement error, actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to present the award again.
Traditionally, the previous year's Best Actor winner usually presented the Best Actress award. However, Best Actor winner Casey Affleck reportedly decided not to attend the ceremony due to his sexual harassment accusations. Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence presented the award together in his place. The Best Actor award was presented by actresses Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren.
Box office performance of Best Picture nominated films
At the time of the nominations announcement on January 23, 2018, the combined gross of the nine Best Picture nominees at the North American box offices was $568.2 million, with an average of $63.1 million per film. When the nominations were announced, Dunkirk was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $188 million in domestic box office receipts. Get Out was the second-highest-grossing film with $175.6 million, followed by The Post ($45.7 million), Darkest Hour ($41 million), Lady Bird ($39.1 million), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ($32.2 million), The Shape of Water ($30.4 million), Call Me by Your Name ($9.1 million), and Phantom Thread ($6.3 million).
The show received a mixed reception from media publications. Some media outlets received the broadcast positively. Hank Stuever of The Washington Post remarked, "In his second year, Kimmel has shown that the telecast needn't be anything but sharp and sure, with a funny host whose bits are manageable, shareable and – best of all – forgotten. We're not making showbiz history here; we're just trying to get through another Oscar night." CNN's Brian Lowry quipped, "The Oscars are a big, unwieldy beast, which invariably try to serve too many masters. Yet if the intent was ultimately to maintain a celebratory tone without ignoring either the outside world or the elephant in the room throughout this year's awards, host Jimmy Kimmel and the show itself largely succeeded." Television critic Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "How did Kimmel do overall? With the exception of the theater stunt and two unnecessary toss-off Matt Damon jokes — Kimmel really can't resist — I thought he was good, probably even better than last year."
Others were more critical of the show. Television critic Maureen Ryan of Variety said, "All things considered, the show had a more or less low-key vibe. Normally it takes about two hours for the numbing effect to set in, but despite host Jimmy Kimmel's best efforts, Sunday's telecast started to feel a bit languid and low-energy far earlier." She also added, "The ceremony probably felt so ambiguous and conflicted in part because everyone in that room — and many at home — know how much more work needs to be done before true inclusion is the norm and all the offenders are driven from the industry." Time television columnist Daniel D'Addario commented, "Kimmel, a talk show host who has been inspiring and catalyzing in the past year while discussing issues personally connected to him, seemed flat and uninspired in his monologue when dealing with topics that demanded laceration." David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Even the hope that the noise of clapping might keep the audience at home and in the theater awake, there was little of that for anything except the entrance of actors of advance age."
Ratings and reception
The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 26.5 million people over its length, which was a 19% decrease from the previous year's ceremony. The show also earned lower Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 14.9% of households watching the ceremony. In addition, it garnered a lower 18–49 demo rating with a 6.8 rating among viewers in that demographic. At the time, it earned the lowest viewership for an Academy Award telecast since figures were compiled beginning with the 46th ceremony in 1974. In July 2018, the ceremony presentation received eight nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Two months later, the ceremony won one of those nominations for Glenn Weiss's direction of the telecast.
- John G. Avildsen – Director
- Toni Ann Walker – Hairstylist
- June Foray – Actress, animator
- Walter Lassally – Cinematographer
- Chuck Berry – Singer-songwriter
- Robert Osborne – Columnist, television host, writer
- Jill Messick – Producer
- Harry Dean Stanton – Actor
- Terence Marsh – Production designer
- Rita Riggs – Costume designer
- Mary Goldberg – Casting director
- Anthony Harvey – Director, film editor
- Thérèse DePrez – Production designer
- Debra Chasnoff – Documentarian
- Jóhann Jóhannsson – Composer
- Jonathan Demme – Director
- Michael Ballhaus – Cinematographer
- Les Lazarowitz – Sound mixer
- Idrissa Ouédraogo – Director, writer
- Joe Hyams – Public Relations
- John Heard – Actor
- Martin Landau – Actor
- Glenne Headly – Actress
- Eric Zumbrunnen – Film editor
- Roger Moore – Actor
- Sam Shepard – Actor, writer
- Allison Shearmur – Executive, producer
- John Mollo – Costume designer
- Jeanne Moreau – Actress, director
- Loren Janes – Stuntman
- George A. Romero – Director, producer
- Rance Howard – Actor
- Sridevi – Actress
- Haruo Nakajima – Actor
- Martin Ransohoff – Producer
- Hiep Thi Le – Actress
- Ron Berkeley – Makeup artist
- Joseph Bologna – Actor, writer
- Fred J. Koenekamp – Cinematographer
- Murray Lerner – Documentarian
- Don Rickles – Actor, comedian
- Seijun Suzuki – Director
- Bernie Casey – Actor
- Shashi Kapoor – Actor, producer
- Tom Sanders – Production designer
- Danielle Darrieux – Actress
- Jerry Greenberg – Film editor
- Brad Grey – Executive producer, manager
- Míriam Colón – Actress
- Luis Bacalov – Composer
- Jerry Lewis – Actor, comedian, director, writer
- 75th Golden Globe Awards
- 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 71st British Academy Film Awards
- 38th Brit Awards
- 60th Annual Grammy Awards
- 42nd Laurence Olivier Awards
- 72nd Tony Awards
- List of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees – Youngest nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- List of submissions to the 90th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
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