March 17, 2018

Stream on Demand extra: Streaming the Oscar winners at home

07 March 2018, 07:41 | Erma Lawrence

A Still From The Movie Phantom Thread

A Still From The Movie Phantom Thread

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscar ceremony at the Dolby Theatre for the second year in a row.

The big prize, Best Picture, went to The Shape of Water, a handsome love story about two outsiders: a mute woman and a half-man-half-fish. The Shape of Water won four of its 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.

Del Toro, 53, is known for making both mainstream action movies like Hellboy and offbeat dark fantasies like Pan's Labyrinth. Chalamet plays Elio, a 17-year-old teenage boy who falls in love with and starts a relationship with his father's research assistant, 24-year-old Oliver, while in northern Italy during the summer of 1983. From what I could see, even reading his speeches, there was a vulnerability, a cherubic sweetness to him.

Elsewhere, awards were spread around, recognizing first-timers, LGBT issues and films inspired by other cultures.Gay romance "Call Me by Your Name" won best adapted screenplay,"A Fantastic Woman", Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman won best foreign language film; and Mexican-inspired "Coco" was named best animated feature.

The other director in the running is Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread. Allison Janney's roles as an abusive mother in I, Tonya won her Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Playing Winston Churchill, "arguably one of the greatest Brits", made Gary Oldman's first Oscar win extra special, the actor revealed on Sunday (Monday, 5 March, Singapore time). In recent months, McDormand took best actress prizes at the Critics Choice Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, and the Golden Globes.

He also thanked his mother for her support, saying, "she is 99 years young, next birthday". I want to appeal to her: mom, put the kettle on, I'm taking home "Oscar!" - concluded the actor.

The 59-year-old was up against three-times Oscar victor Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) for the prize, although he had been the favourite in the run-up to the ceremony. Obviously, you hear it and people say it", he said, explaining of awards, "It is not the most important thing in the world, but it is not nothing.

"Darkest Hour" tells the story of Churchill, played by Oldman, when he was the United Kingdom prime minister during the Second World War.

As noted by Business Insider, Oscar viewers were quick to take to social media to air their grievances, condemning Oldman's victory in the midst of Hollywood's #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

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