Oscars: 'The Shape Of Water' wins Best Director, Best Picture

039;The Shape of Water' was shot almost entirely in Toronto

Tonight marks the 90th annual Academy Awards and we will see if The Shape of Water takes home any major awards.

Allegations of past misdeeds have dogged such performers as James Franco, who was nominated for adapting the screenplay of "The Disaster Artist" but wasn't nominated as the film's director or star; 2017 best actor victor Casey Affleck, who after a wave of social media criticism declined to present this year's best actress Oscar, as is tradition (Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster stepped in to replace him); and even E! interviewer Ryan Seacrest, who was avoided by some celebrities as he worked the red carpet for his network.

The film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner working in a Cold War-era lab facility, who bonds with a sea creature being kept there.

So the first award of Oscars has been announced in the form of Best Supporting actor.

"The greatest thing art does, our industy does, is to erase the lines in the sand - we should continue doing that - when the world tells us to make them deeper", Del Toro said in accepting the award.

Have you seen del Toro's latest movie already? Thank you for the gift of LaVona. Gary Oldman, winning best actor for Darkest Hour, quipped, "I'm not going to get the ski" amid his rambling speech.

The award for Best Lead Actress goes to Frances McDormand for her role in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri".

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant made his debut as an Oscar victor as he shared the prize for best animated short with animation veteran Glen Keane, with whom he collaborated on Dear Basketball.

The Best Cinematography award goes to Blade Runner 2049.

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"I knew it was a movie at the end of the pitch, when we were all teary-eyed, and I thought, 'We've got a movie, ' he said".

The best foreign-language film victor A Fantastic Woman brought the country of Chile its first-ever Oscar.

Blade Runner is turning out to be a big victor at the event as it bags best cinematography trophy.

At first glance a magical-realist fairy tale, "The Shape of Water" is perhaps the most overtly political of all the best picture nominees, in its clarion call for solidarity.

It's been an unusually lengthy - and often unpredictable - awards season, already an increasingly protracted horse race begun as most of the contenders bowed at film festivals last September. However, when it comes to Best Picture I would either pick "Call Me By Your Name" or "The Shape of Water".

The 86-year-old icon made something old something new again when she wore the same floral gown she did to the ceremony 56 years ago, when she took home best supporting actress for West Side Story. Their goals go beyond red carpets, organizers said in the lead-up to the Oscars.



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