For the 90th year, Hollywood came together to award the most celebrated films of the year. Below you will find the categories, winners and a fun fact about them.
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Call My By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER’S FUN FACT: The creature design is heavily inspired by the film The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Michael Shannon’s character even says they picked it up in a river in South America, which is the setting of The Creature from the film.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Gary Oldman spent a year studying Winston Churchill and his mannerisms before starting on the film.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Frances McDormand was hesitant to take the role when it was offered, but was eventually convinced by her husband, Joel Coen: “Because at the time he gave it to me I was 58… I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child. So we went back and forth and we debated that quite for a while, and then finally my husband said, ‘Just shut up and do it.'”
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Guillermo del Toro’s breathing was recorded as part of the Amphibian Man’s vocalization.
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
”Mighty River” from Mudbound
Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson
”Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name
Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
”Remember Me” from Coco
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
”Stand Up For Something” from Marshall
Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
”This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman
Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez contributed one song for Coco, the film’s signature song “Remember Me”. This marked the first time the husband-and-wife songwriting team composed music for a Pixar animated film. Ironically, they could not get involved with the Frozen short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) due to scheduling conflicts with Coco.
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell
WINNER’S FUN FACT: French composer Alexandre Desplat’s score was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) at the famed Abbey Road studios.
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049, Roger A. Deakins
Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound, Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen
WINNER’S FUN FACT: For shooting of the scene in Las Vegas, cinematographer Roger Deakins was inspired by a memory of seeing the Sydney Opera House in Australia after a dust storm. Denis Villeneuve suggested adding the giant erotic statue.
The Big Sick, Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Written by Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Written by Martin McDonagh
WINNER’S FUN FACT: In the scenes where Chris and Rod are talking to each other on the phone, the actors were actually using the phone, but were talking to Writer, co-Producer, and Director Jordan Peele instead.
Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan, Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly’s Game, Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Based on the book “Call me by your name” written by André Aciman, the author himself appears in the movie as Mounir.
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Baby Driver, Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Dunkirk, Lee Smith
I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky,
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Extensive handheld IMAX camera work was accomplished by DP Hoyte Van Hoytema, who often had to man a rig weighing as much as 60 lb. fully loaded. Because of its top-heaviness, key grip Ryan Monro would stabilize the unit by physically holding it during complex takes.
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist
WINNER’S FUN FACT: All the scenes in K’s apartment were shot in a mist-filled studio for four weeks, to give the impression of a foggy view out of the window. This impacted electronic equipment and K’s apartment had to be air conditioned to bring humidity levels down.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
The Boss Baby
WINNER’S FUN FACT: An example of Pixar-level detail: when a guitar is played, the fingers of the player on screen matches the position of the fingers of the real life chords.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville , Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Not being a ‘bird’ person in particular, Allison Janney had some difficulty adapting to having one perched on her shoulder for so many of her scenes, so the production had to ‘audition’ three different birds before settling on one they nicknamed “Little Man,” the least hyperactive of the lot.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
A Fantastic Woman
On Body and Soul
ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049
Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water
Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin
WINNER’S FUN FACT: When “The Shape of Water” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, the screening was held in the Elgin Theatre. The interior scenes of the theatre in the film were shot in the Elgin Theatre, so as the audience was watching the film, they were seeing the same theatre on screen that they were sitting in.
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
Blade Runner 2049, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, and Mac Ruth
Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo
The Shape of Water, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson
WINNER’S FUN FACT: The film was shot on the actual beach at Dunkirk where the evacuation took place. When scouting for the film, director Christopher Nolan found a button from an English soldier’s uniform in the sand.
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver, Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Dunkirk, Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Wood is rare and valuable, as shown by the wooden horse K owns. Wallace’s house is made almost entirely out of wood to show how wealthy he is.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Last Men in Aleppo
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul, Consolata Boyle
WINNER’S FUN FACT: The Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga’s relation with his work and the way he led his life, with director Paul Thomas Anderson’s words, “monastic life,” inspired the character of Reynolds Woodcock.
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder, Arjen Tuiten
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Extensive makeup was used to transform Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, but to call this “ageing” makeup would not be entirely accurate. In May 1940, Churchill was 65 years and six months old. Oldman turned 59 during filming.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER’S FUN FACT: Sam Rockwell wore padding to make his character appear chubbier.