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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantastical romance ‘The Shape of Water’ won best picture, the film industry’s most prestigious honor, at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.

The academy’s top acting honors went, as widely expected, to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

“If I fall over, pick me up, because I’ve got some things to say,” Ms. McDormand said.

She thanked “every single person in this building” and her sister before asking the female nominees in the room to stand. “Look around,” she said. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financing.”

Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster, appearing on crutches and joking that the reason was run-in with Ms. Streep, presented best actress in lieu of last year’s best-actor winner, Casey Affleck, who bypassed the ceremony amid continued criticism for settling sexual harassment suits in the past.

In a halting acceptance speech, Mr. Oldman thanked the film’s director and producers; Winston Churchill; his wife, Gisele Schmid; and his 99-year-old mother, who he said was home watching on the sofa. “Put the kettle on,” he said. “I’m bringing Oscar home.”

Guillermo del Toro was named best director. The honor was widely expected — he took the top prize at several preceding awards shows — and he was an omnipresent darling of the awards circuit, at one point bringing a case of tequila to an awards function.

The win meant that Mr. del Toro had finally won the acceptance of Hollywood, after being looked down on as a horror director for much of his career.

“I am an immigrant,” an emotional Mr. del Toro started his acceptance speech by saying, continuing to note that art has the power to “erase the lines in the sand” between people of different ethnicities. “We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”

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