Recapping The 2018 Oscars Winners

Mark Labrador, Staff writer

The biggest names in Hollywood gathered Sunday on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in for the 90th Academy Awards. Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the night by acknowledging the industry sexual harassment scandal. It was a wild introduction and it seems that the Academy Awards participants/writers censored Kimmel a lot. This is regular sorry to say, however, it was not as good as the year before. I still think he did a decent job and I would love to see him host again but next time with more freedom of speech.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were once again on hand to announce the top honor. Thankfully, there was no repetition of last year’s mistake when an envelope mixup resulted in the wrong winner initially being announced.

The red carpet at the Oscars is one of the biggest fashion moments of the year. Most of your favorite celebrities participated in the red carpet wearing big designer names: Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior, Margot Robbie wearing Chanel, Emma Stone wearing Louis Vuitton, Emily Blunt wearing Schiaparelli, Nicole Kidman wearing Armani Prive, etc. Another huge moment that surprised me is when Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o (wearing Versace) from Black Panther made an appearance. Everyone chose their red carpet dresses wisely and definitely looked amazing. Every dress was well-designed and beautiful.

Two days before the Oscars, I was watching Balitang America on TFC (The Filipino Channel) and suddenly film-rater/interviewer Manny the Movie Guy starts sharing his predictions for the Oscars. I payed really close attention to his reasons which seemed acceptable. Honestly, there is only one prediction he made that I disagreed with. Manny the Movie Guy predicted “Three Billboards: Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But instead, I chose “Get Out.” He got all predictions correct except Best Original Screenplay.

Sam Rockwell won for Best Supporting Actor, Allison Janney for Best Supporting Actress, “Call Me by your Name” for Best Adapted Screenplay, Get Out for Best Original Screenplay, Guillermo del Toro for Best Director, Gary Oldman for Best Actor, Frances McDormand for Best Actress, and the most memorable which was “The Shape of Water” for Best Picture. Disney’s “Coco” (Best Animated Feature Film) is another huge surprise at the Oscars that is one of the best animated Disney/Pixar films I ever seen.

Another highlight of the evening is when former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant won the Oscar for the Best Animated Short for “Dear Basketball.” The film was based on a letter Bryant wrote to announce his retirement. Surprisingly, he is the first pro athlete to win an Academy Award. I am such a huge NBA fan so this is one moment I should keep in mind. “Dear Basketball” is a short I find  important and very interesting to see even for those who don’t watch basketball.

Cinema is the main art for everyone. The water sometimes has a shape, especially if it’s champagne in a glass of the winner. It was another beautiful night in LA, and the stars will be shining bright. Oscars is a finer reward enough for everyone who wants to make a movie. Nevertheless, 2018 was the lowest rated Oscars in the entire television broadcast history of the show.