|Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani presenting at the 90th Academy Awards|
Biggest Upset of the Night:
|Grigory Rodchenkov and Bryan Fogel in Icarus|
|Artist Mindy Alper in Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405|
Also, I definitely thought Dunkirk had a chance to win Best Sound Mixing, but I'm still sad it did because the sound mixing is objectively bad. Christopher Nolan insists on using bad sound mixing in his films and I just don't understand it, and to give one of his films this award is only going to encourage him.
Progress was Front and Center:
|Jordan Peele accepting his history-making Oscar for Best Original Screenplay|
Probably the biggest step the Academy took this year was with trans inclusion. The Academy has been infamous for nominating cisgender actors who have played transgender characters, an outdated and controversial practice. This year, the documentary Strong Island became the first ever Oscar-nominated film to be directed by a trans filmmaker, and said filmmaker Yance Ford was part of an excellent montage about diversity. Even more excitingly, the film A Fantastic Woman won Best Foreign Language Film. The Chilean film (Chile's first ever win in this category) is the first Oscar-nominated film to have a transgender performer in a leading role, and now has also become the first Oscar-winning film to have a transgender performer in a leading role. Not only that, but said actress, the phenomenal Daniela Vega, was included in the ceremony as a presenter, which I imagine is a first for the Oscars.
It was wonderful to see visionary director Guillermo del Toro win his first Oscar--an award that he's inexplicably never even been nominated for before. And it's worth noting that, with his win, a Mexican director has taken home Best Director for four out of the past five years. That's pretty cool. Fuck you, Trump.
Not to mention, Jordan Peele made history last night becoming the first black person to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
But...It Could Have Been More Progressive:
|Frances McDormand gave a fantastic speech as she accepted her Oscar for Best Leading Actress|
The Way We Look at Predictions Has Changed:
|Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water|
There's also the category of Best Film Editing. In the past, this has often been a category that matches Best Picture, but that seems to no longer be the case. In fact, this category has not gone to the Best Picture winner for the past five years. It signals that being a Best Picture frontrunner is no longer enough to win this category, and shows that the artistry of film editing is finally being recognized in its own right.
Good For You, Roger Deakins:
|Roger Deakins accepts a long overdue Oscar|
The Ceremony Itself:
|I think the theme they were going for with the set design was "Subtlety"|
|Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, who were undoubtedly the funniest presenters of the night.|