Guillermo del Toro wins best director Oscar

Guillermo del Toro wins best director Oscar

"We should continue doing that".

"And in the last 25 years, I've been living in a country all of our own".

Greta Gerwig's solo feature directorial debut - a moving and authentic portrait of a volatile mother-daughter relationship - could see her become only the second woman ever to win the Oscar for best director. And he invited winners to use their moment in the spotlight to address issues like #MeToo, Time's Up and the March 24 march on Washington being organized by students from Parkland, Florida.

And director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and others spoke in a video segment about progress in smashing barriers in the industry around racism and sexism. "That's the kind of man we need more of", he said.

"And so, to all the dreamers out there, we stand with you", added Nanjiani. And, covering all bases, Native American actor Wes Studi appeared to pay tribute to veterans of the Armed Forces.

"Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto - this is for you", said Austerberry, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Sault Ste. He concluded, "Representation matters". The Oscar is awarded to... the brilliant Frances McDormand for her role in Three Billboards!

Oscar Awards 2018 are now happening at the Dolby Theatres in Los Angeles.

Who will win: I'm extremely confident that "Call Me By Your Name" will win in this category.

"Look around ladies and gentlemen", she urged the glittering crowd in the Dolby Theatre.

Villeneuve also got a shout-out onstage from Roger Deakins as he accepted the Oscar for best cinematography on "Blade Runner 2049".

The Fox Searchlight movie's Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, won best director, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black filmmaker. Before surrendering the mike, Rockwell also dedicated the award to "my old buddy Phil Hoffman", acknowledging the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Gun in Central Michigan University shooting belonged to suspect's dad
At about 12:15 a.m. today, CMUPD received a tip from a train that was heading down the railroad tracks near campus. Students were told to stay in campus buildings until police cleared them to leave Friday morning and afternoon.

The Three Amigos are all Oscar winners now.

Voting members - up after the Academy increased membership to improve diversity. "Now I am a literal monster in film and I get to play that out". I thought it wasn't going to work.

Peele said he stopped writing the movie about 20 times, anxious that it would never get the green light from a movie studio. Later in the show, Moreno earned a standing ovation when she struck a famous pose from the movie and strutted to the podium to present best foreign language film to Chile's A Fantastic Woman.

Best documentary went to Netflix's "Icarus", Bryan Fogel's investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory. And Kimmel followed up by cracking wise: "Well, now we know Putin didn't rig the show". "I really love my job".

There were three Oscars in the technical categories for Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" and one each for "Darkest Hour", "Phantom Thread" and "The Shape of Water". The award was presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Shape of Water is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score, among many others. Honors for best visual effects were given to Blade Runner 2049.

The second award has been bagged by Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick for transforming Gary Oldman authentically and beautifully into former president Winston Churchill.

03h57: the Oscar for best editing is assigned to Dunkirk, who won his third trophy of the evening.

"Dear Basketball" wins Best Animated Short written by former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, based on his letter to The Players' Tribune announcing his retirement from basketball. Keane thanked Bryant "for writing Dear Basketball". Keane on winning said, "Whatver form your dreams may take, its through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible".

Leading up to the Oscars, del Toro won quite a few awards including the top directing prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards. However, when it comes to Best Picture I would either pick "Call Me By Your Name" or "The Shape of Water".

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