OSCARS 2018 | LIVE BLOG – as it happened

Good morning/evening/we’re not even sure anymore! Welcome to our Live Blog for the 90th Academy Awards where you can settle in for a night of Oscar commentary as all the action unfolds. Keep refreshing the page for updates!

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04:55 – Well that’s it for another year! Good night or good morning or good afternoon whatever it is and wherever you are!

04:50 – The full list of winners:

Actor in a Supporting Role – Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

Makeup and Hairstyling – Darkest Hour

Costume Design – Phantom Thread

Documentary Feature – Icarus

Sound Editing – Dunkirk

Sound Mixing – Dunkirk

Production Design – The Shape of Water

Foreign-Language Film – A Fantastic Woman

Actress in a Supporting Role – Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Animated Short Film – Dear Basketball

Animated Feature Film – Coco

Visual Effects – Blade Runner: 2049

Film Editing – Dunkirk

Documentary Short Subject – Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Live Action Short Film – The Silent Child

Adapted Screenplay – Call Me By Your Name

Original Screenplay – Get Out

Cinematography – Blade Runner: 2049

Original Score – The Shape of Water

Original Song – ’Remember Me’ from Coco

Directing – Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Actor in a Leading Role – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

Best Picture – The Shape of Water

04:47 – So, there you have it!

Here’s the round up:

With four wins to its name, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water came out atop the field, ahead of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which brought home three. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Coco and Blade Runner: 2049 each won two, as did – thanks to Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour. Taking solo awards were: I, Tonya, Icarus, A Fantastic Woman, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out and Phantom Thread. The Short categories saw awards for: Dear Basketball, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 and The Silent Child.

04:46 – And the winner is…


We called it.

04:40 – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are back to present the final award of the night. ‘Nothing could possibly go wrong’ says Kimmel…

04:37 – McDormand ‘has some things to say’ in her speech. She thanks Martin McDonagh, her sister and her ‘clan’. ‘If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in all of the categories stand…look around ladies and gentlemen because we all have stories to tell’

Now there’s empowerment.

04:33 – The nomination clips remind us of how astonishing Sally Hawkins was in The Shape of Water without speaking a word but the award goes to…


Stellar in Three Billboards.


04:29 – Oldman salutes Churchill and thanks his (‘ninety-nine years young this year’) Mum: ‘Put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home’.

On to Actress in a Leading Role now. No sign of Casey Affleck, in the wake of ongoing sexual assault claims, so instead it’s Jodie Foster (Tonya Harding’d by Meryl Streep – an awkward joke) and Jennifer Lawrence: ‘No one will ever forget those who came before us.’

04:26 – Can you believe that it’s taken this long for Gary Oldman to win an Oscar?

04:25 – And, of course, the winner is…


It’s a V for victory for Darkest Hour.


04:22 – Helen Mirren’s back on stage and she’s been joined by Jane Fonda – who will next appear in Book Club.

04:20 – The Acting biggies now, generally believed to be tied up in the hands of Oldman and McDormand.

04:14 – Best Actress in a Leading Role of last year (overlooked this year) Emma Stone hands the Directing award to…


Well deserved for The Shape of Water.

04:12 – Things hotting up in Hollywood as we move onto Directing, which seems to be heading towards Guillermo Del Toro, ahead of early favourite Nolan and popular choice Gerwig.

04:09 – Jennifer Garner: ‘Every storyteller knows that there is no joy without sadness’.

Performing the late Tom Petty’s ‘Room at the Top’, Eddie Vedder leads a tribute to all those the industry has said goodbye to in the past year. Including: Jonathan Demme, Glenne Hedley and George A. Romero.

04:02 – The winner is…


That’s the second Oscar for both Coco and writers: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez!

04:01 – This is the Frenchman’s second Oscar (after The Grand Budapest Hotel) from eight nominations. Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda are up now to give Original Song.

04:00 – It’s a real celebration of history tonight as Christopher Walken emerges to give Original Score, following a clip from his 1978 award-winning performance from The Deer Hunter. The winner is…


Alexandre Desplat

03:53 – A typically barnstorming performance from Keale Settle concludes tonight’s Original Song nominations with ‘This is Me’. Could this be the winner?

03:46  – Not so sure about the decision to show a montage of war films (packed full of white, male soldiers) to recognise soldiers around the world. It feels very disingenuous.

Sandra Bullock cracks out a neat gag about lighting before introducing Cinematography. Rachel Morrison makes history as the first female nominee but the winner is…


Making it about time for British veteran: Deakins.

03:43 – Roger Deakins’ fourteen nominations should finally see him walk away with an actual win tonight. Cinematography coming up and it’s #DeakinsOrRiot.

03:40 – Not so much love for Three Billboards thus far. Not unexpected given that its main shots were acting and the top prize itself but with Screenplay going to Get Out, does this reduce its chances?

03:37 – It’s…


A lot of happy people in the Dolby tonight as Jordan Peele takes to the stage.

03:36 – Without further ado, here’s Nicole Kidman to present Original Screenplay. Three Billboards or Get Out?

03:35 – Let’s just take a moment to appreciate Ivory’s Chamalet top…

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03.32 – Chadwick “Black Panther” Boseman and Margot Robbie present Adapted Screenplay to…


By James Ivory – officially the oldest Academy Award winner in history. Bravo!

03:28 – #TimesUp people. Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek introduce a montage of the trailblazers in the fight for equality.

03.24 – Just nine more awards to go until we can all get some icreasingly-needed sleep. Next up are Adapted and Original Screenplays. The favourites here are: Call Me By Your Name and Three Billboards but we shall see.

03:20 – The fourth performance tonight comes from the film Marshall. The song: ‘Stand Up for Something’ was written by Diane Warren and Lonnie Lynn and is performed tonight by Andra Day and Common.

03:16 – Director Frank Stiefel receives the award before Rudolph and Haddish return for Live Action Short. The winner is…


From British directors: Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton.

03:13 – A brilliant skit by Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish is followed by Documentary Short going to…


Frank Stiefel.

03:10 – Don’t ask your winners to keep their speeches short and then spend ten minutes handing out snacks to strangers who were trying to enjoy a screening of A Wrinkle in Time across the road….

03:00 – We’ll hold our hands up and admit that we got those two wrong in our predictions. Documentary Short Subject is next but first Kimmel thanks ‘the movie-going public’ with a live-stream to an audience from a cinema across the road.

Kimmel’s recruited Ansel Elgort, Emily Blunt, Guillermo Del Toro, Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o, Amie Hammer, Lin Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamil and Margot Robbie to go for and say hello.

02:58 – Presented by Matthew McConaughey, Film Editing goes to…


A third technical win for the film! Collected by Lee Smith.

02:55 – Blade Runner 2049 may not have set the box office alive but this shouldn’t be the last time we see Denis Villeneuve’s film recognised.

02:54 – Visual Effects goes to…


John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover.

02:50 – A harder pair of awards to predict next, with Visual Effects and Film Editing.

02:48 – Can’t honestly see the attraction of going to the Academy’s Facebook page to watch ‘epic, super-slow-motion videos from the red carpet’ but they’re advertising it as a real coup this year.

02:43 – You can actually watch Bryant’s Dear Basketball right here.


Sufjan Stevens is on now to sing ‘Mystery of Love’.

02:41 – And, of course, Animated Feature Film goes to…


02:39 – The winner is…


‘The impossible is possible’ says director Kobe Bryant.

02:38 – Forget the actors, we’re loving BB-8 being on stage!

02:36 – Animation time now. A supremely dodgy list of nominations here comes courtesy of new rules allowing all members of the Academy to vote for the category and not just animation specialists. First up is Animated Short and it’s being presented by some stars from a galaxy far far away…

02:31 – With another acting award going as expected, things are looking promising for Oldman and McDormand later in the show.

02:30 – Following BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG and Independent Spirit success, the winner is once again…


02:27 – It’s time for another biggie as last year’s Actor in a Supporting Role ahershala Ali presents Actress in a Supporting Role. Probably to Allison Janney.

02:25 – Moreno was thrilled with that result. Watch out for our review of the Sebastián Lelio film later this week.

02:24  – The winner is…

A Fantastic Woman

02:24 – Rita Moreno (West Side Story) is here to present the award, brilliantly dressed in the same outfit she wore in 1962, when she won her Oscar.

02:20 – Foreign-Language Film is the next award. You’ll notice that it’s a very different list of nominations to the BAFTAs this year and that’s thanks to release schedules confusing the films’ eligibilities.

02:15 – It’s a beautiful lullaby from writers by writers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and delightfully stage. The Lopez duo have won Best Original Song before with Frozen‘s ‘Let it Go’ and it could well be them on stage again tonight.

02:14 – It’s ‘Remember Me’ time! If you’re not watching tonight, here it is…

02:11 – The winner is…


The first win of the night of Del Toro’s film goes to Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin. No surprises yet so far this year.

02:09 – The wonderful talents of Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani on stage now and killing it with some whip smart joking.

02:04 – Another break now (aye aye aye) but the award for Production Design is up next, along with a performance of Coco‘s ‘Remember Me’ – which they’ve now been teasing for over twenty mins.

02:02 – Moving swiftly on, Sound Mixing goes to…


…making Nolan’s film the most successful of the night so far!

01:59 – As expected…


01:58 – Just under an hour in and we’ve had our first awkward presenting duo.

01:56 – Goodness, that was an emotional montage. The Oscars celebrating ninety years of dreams there.

01:52 – Dunkirk is the favourite for the two Sound awards tonight.

01:47 – It’s not the most exciting of songs but a neat performance from Blige and choir all the same. Sound Editing and Mixing next.

01:44 – Oddly, Mary J. Blige has just been introduced by Taraji P. Henson. Is this why they only pay Kimmel $15,000? He doesn’t have much to do…

01:43 – You can watch Icarus on Netflix, who will be celebrating that success tonight.

01:41 – It’s Brian Fogel and Dan Cogan’s


01:40 – First though, Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern are here to award Documentary Feature to…

01:38 – Blige is making history tonight as the first person to be nominated for both an Acting and Music category. Whilst she’s not going to be winning tonight (we don’t think), it’ll be a treat to see her perform tonight.

01:34 – That’s Bridges’ second Oscar after the BAFTA. Mary J. Blige will be on stage soon to perform ‘Mighty River’ from Mudbound.

01:32 – The winner is Mark Bridges for…


01:29 – Fun fact: Gary Oldman is actually hosting tonight, playing an unrecognisable Jimmy Kimmel. Boy, that Make Up team are good. On the Waterfront‘s Eva Marie Saint, whose husband died recently, is here now for Costume Design.

01:28 – And it’s a hearty congrats to Darkest Hour‘s Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick!


01:25 – Loving the Get Out references tonight.

01:22 – Next up, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer are on stage to hand out Make Up and Hairstyling to (we think) the Darkest Hour team.

01:21 – Rockwell thanks ‘everyone who’s ever looked at a billboard’ whilst Francis McDormand looks genuinely emotional in the audience.

01:19 – And the winner is…


It’s a predictable start to the night but what’s wrong with that.

01:16 – Viola Davis in on stage to present Actor in a Supporting Role. Everyone remember how brilliant she was in Fences last year?

01:13 – As we move into the awards, Kimmel tells winners to ‘speak from the heart’ but promises that the person who gives the shortest speech tonight will go home with a jet sky – resplendently shown off by Helen Mirren!

01:10 – It’s a real self-celebration of ‘making history’ tonight from the Oscars, who – via Kimmel – seem very keen to point out that they are moving with the times (up).

01:07 – Harvey Weinstein gets a mention for his explosion.

Kimmel: ‘We can’t let bad behaviour slide anymore, the world is watching us.’

01:05 – Kimmel: ‘I’m hopeful that things will go smoothly tonight…’

01:02 – Tonight’s first award will be Best Supporting Actor. Sam Rockwell is the top tip but he’s up against Plummer/Dafoe/Harrelson/Jenkins. But first…a fun opening in black and white with a dash of classic Hollywood!

00:58 – The Dolby stage looking rather splendid…

00:50 – Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second time tonight after a successful run last time…


00:42 – It’s going to be hard for the 90th Oscars to best the drama of last year but – for our money – this year boasts a stronger line up. Check out our guide to the runners and riders…

00:30 – Nobody knows how tonight will play out (least of all Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who return to present Best Picture again) but here are our predictions…

00:26 – As the stars trot up the red carpet, here are some stats for you…

7,258 Academy members have voted for tonight’s awards, with 39% of them being women and 30% of colour, making this the most diverse panel in the ceremony’s 90-year history.

The Dolby Theatre, hosting the Oscars tonight, has a seating capacity of 3,300.

The $30m estimated cost of tonight’s show is nothing on the $100m boost that LA receives from it each year.

This year’s oldest nominees are Faces Places director Agnes Varda and Call Me By Your Name writer James Ivory, both of whom are 89 – that’s 67 years older than Timothée Chalamet (also of Call Me By Your Name), the youngest.

30 Brits have been nominated for awards tonight, including hot-favourite Gary Oldman, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Daniel Kaluuya.

00:04 – Officially less than an hour to go! Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s ceremony. 


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