AP - The Cold War fantasy film “The Shape of Water” is the winner of the best picture at the 90th Oscars.
Director Guillermo del Toro’s film has been considered one of the front-runners for the evening’s top honor. It received a leading 13 nominations for this year’s Oscars, and won four Oscars on Sunday night.
It stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls in love with an aquatic creature kept captive in a government lab.
Del Toro also won for best director. He dedicated the win to young filmmakers around the world.
Frances McDormand’s portrayal of a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has won the best actress Academy Award.
It is McDormand’s second Oscar and comes for her blistering turn as a mother who feels authorities haven’t done enough to investigate her daughter’s rape and murder.
McDormand won a best supporting actress award for her role as a police officer in “Fargo.” Her win Sunday was not a surprise – she has swept the major awards this year.
The actress opened her speech by saying if she fell over during her speech, someone should pick her up because had “some things to say.” She thanked her family, telling them they fill her with everlasting joy.
She then set her Oscar on the stage and asked every female Oscar nominee to stand up, generating thunderous applause. McDormand looked joyous as she looked out on the women.
Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill for “Darkest Hour” has won him the best actor Academy Award.
It is Oldman’s first win on only his second nomination, despite his lengthy career of compelling performances. The 59-year-old had been considered the front-runner for the honor, having swept awards season.
Oldman underwent hours of makeup to become Churchill for the film, which focuses on a pivotal time in the British leader’s career when he rallied his country to fight the Nazis. Oldman thanked Churchill in his acceptance speech, as well as those who worked with him on “Darkest Hour.”
He also thanked his 99-year-old mother, telling her, “thank you for your love and your support. Put the kettle on. I’m bringing Oscar home.”
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