Peele, Del Toro, Oldman win at an Oscars full of change

2018 Oscars: Top Winners

ATLANTA — A sense of change was palpable at the 90th Academy Awards as Hollywood sought to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein era and pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business.

We have the latest on all the big winners from the Oscars on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting and live reports from Hollywood on Good Morning America starting at 7 a.m.

The ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was punctuated by political speeches and impassioned arguments for diversity. Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation "Get Out," becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay. Peele said he stopped writing it "20 times," skeptical that it would ever get made.

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"But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it," said Peele. "So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie."

Guillermo del Toro's monster fable "The Shape of Water," which came in with a leading 13 nods, took best production design, best score and best director for del Toro as well as the coveted best picture. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win best director, joining his friends and countrymen Alejandro Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron — who together were years ago dubbed "the Three Amigos."

"The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand," said del Toro, alluding to his international career.

In a year lacking a clear front-runner the awards were spread around. Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk" tied "Shape of Water" with a leading three awards, all for its technical craft: editing, sound editing and sound design.

Things went expected in the acting categories, where three widely admired veterans won their first Oscars. Gary Oldman won for his Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour," Allison Janney ("I, Tonya") took best supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") won best supporting actor.

"I did it all by myself," deadpanned Janney, who added after a pause: "Nothing could be further from the truth."

Rockwell dedicated his award to his late friend and fellow New York actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in 2014. "For my buddy, Phil Hoffman," said Rockwell, raising his Oscar. Oldman thanked his "99-years young" mother. "Put the kettle on," said Oldman. "I'm bringing Oscar."

But many of the show's most powerful moments came in between the awards. Ashley Judd, Anabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek — who all made allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein — together assembled for a mid-show segment dedicated to the #MeToo movement that has followed the downfall of Weinstein, long an Oscar heavyweight. They were met by a standing ovation.

"We work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality," said Judd. "That's what this year has promised us."

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened with a monologue that mixed Weinstein punchlines with earnest comments about reforming gender equality in Hollywood. And of course, Kimmel — returning to the scene of the flub — dove straight into material about last year's infamous best-picture mix-up.

"I do want to mention, this year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away," said Kimmel. "Give us a minute."

But while Kimmel spent a few moments on the fiasco known as Envelopegate, he expended far more minutes frankly and soberly discussing the parade of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the revelations regarding Weinstein. Kimmel cited the industry's poor record for female directors and equal pay.

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore," said Kimmel. "The world is watching us."

Gesturing to a giant statue on the stage, he praised Oscar, himself for keeping "his hands where you can see them" and for having "no penis at all." But Kimmel introduced the broadcast as "a night for positivity," and cited, among other things, the box-office success of "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman."

"I remember a time when the major studios didn't believe a woman or a minority could open a super hero movie — and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of last year," said Kimmel.

Several cinema legends won their first Oscar. James Ivory, 89, won best adapted screenplay for his script to the coming-of-age drama "Call Me By Your Name," becoming the oldest winner ever. In his 14 nomination, revered cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won for his photography on "Blade Runner 2049." In the category, Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound") became the first woman nominated for best cinematography.

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong'o to salute the so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation. "Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America. And, so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you," Nanjiani said.

Later, Pixar's colorful ode to Mexican culture "Coco" won best animated film as well as best song for "Remember Me." Best foreign language film went to Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," Sebastian Lelio's drama starring transgender actress Daniela Vega.

"The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico," said director Lee Unkrich to loud applause. "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters."

Netflix scored its first feature-film Oscar, with best documentary going to "Icarus," Bryan Fogel's investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory who candidly discussed the doping scheme under Vladimir Putin. Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, "our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger."

The Winston Churchill drama "Darkest Hour" won for best makeup. The period romance "Phantom Thread" won for costume design.

The ceremony was the crescendo of one of Hollywood's most turbulent awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.

No Golden Globes-style fashion protest was held by organizers of Time's Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment. Their goals go beyond red carpets, organizers said in the lead-up to the Oscars. "We did the dress code thing and now we're doing the work," said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the red carpet.

The parade of sexual harassment allegations has made the normal superficial red carpet a place of sometimes more serious discussion than attire. Scrutiny was falling Sunday on E! host Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged sexual harassment against the red-carpet regular. Seacrest has denied it and E! has supported him. Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige said Seacrest is "fighting for his life right now."

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. The Academy Awards were moved a week later this year because of the Olympics.

Twenty years ago, a "Titanic" sweep won record ratings for the Oscar broadcast. But ratings have recently been declining. Last year's show drew 32.9 million viewers for ABC, a four percent drop from the prior year. Even more worrisome was a slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 percent from 2016.

Movie attendance also hit a 24-year low in 2017. But this year is already off to a strong start, thanks largely to Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther," which many analysts believe will play a prominent role at next year's Oscars. In three weeks, it has already grossed about $500 million domestically. The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, was placed front-and-center, at the Dolby Theatre.

This year, the academy prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap last year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, "Let's get it right this time!"

Here is a minute-by-minute look at the evening: 

11:45 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Picture goes to The Shape of Water

11:33 p.m.

The Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role goes to Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

11:24 p.m.

The Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role goes to Gary Oldman

11:13 p.m.

The Oscar for Achievement in Directing goes to Guillermo del Torro, The Shape of Water

11:01 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Original Song goes to "Remember Me" from Coco

10:58 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Original Score goes to The Shape of Water

10:48 p.m.

The Oscar for Cinematography goes to Blade Runner 2049

10:36 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay goes to Get Out

10:31 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Call Me by Your Name

10:15 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action goes to The Silent Child

10:10 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject goes to Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

9:56 p.m.

The Oscar for Achievement in Film Editing goes to Dunkirk

9:52 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Visual Effects goes to Blade Runner 2049

9:40 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film goes to Coco

9:37 p.m. 

The Oscar for Best Animated Short Film goes to Dear Basketball

9:29 p.m.

The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role goes to Allison Janney for I, Tonya

9:24 p.m.

The Oscar for Best foreign Language Film goes to A Fantastic Woman, from Chile

9:22 p.m. 

Rita Moreno receives a standing ovation as she presents the Oscar for Best foreign Language Film

9:13 p.m.

Eugenio Derbez introduces Best Song nomination Remember Me from Coco

9:09 p.m.

The Oscar for Achievement in Production Design goes to The Shape of Water

9:00 p.m.

Oscar for Achievement in Sound Mixing goes to Dunkirk

8:56 p.m.

Oscar for Achievement in Sound Editing goes to Dunkirk

8:45 p.m.

Mary J. Blige performs first song up for Best Song, Mighty River:

She is the first actor/actress to ever be nominated for Best Song and Best Supporting Actress.

8:40 p.m.

The Oscar for Documentary Feature goes to Icarus

8:31 p.m.

The Oscar for Costume Design goes to the film, Phantom Thread

8:29 p.m. 

Eva Marie Saint, presents award for best Costume Design:

8:26 p.m.

The Oscar for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling goes to the film, Darkest Hour

8:18 p.m.

Actor in a Supporting Role goes to: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

8:12 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel gives opening monologue:

8 p.m.

Lights! Camera! Action! The 90th annual Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel starts RIGHT NOW on Channel 2.

7:49 p.m.

Greta Gerwig talks about making a movie about the mother-daughter relationship:

7:46 p.m.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, winner last year for Best Song from Disney's Moana, speaks with Michael Strahan.

7:40 p.m.

Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet brings his mother to the Oscars: "I'm so proud of him!"

7:05 p.m.

Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu is excited to see his countryman and friend Guillermo del Toro make a big statement today.

Inarritu says he hopes del Toro's film "The Shape of Water" wins best picture because he says it's his most beautiful film and it's "very relevant politically."

"The Shape of Water" is up for a leading 13 Academy Awards Sunday, including best director and acting nominations for stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins.

Inarritu was sporting a pin on his lapel Sunday to support immigrants. He also says wants productions to become more open in the future to having Latin American actors and actresses have bigger roles.

Inarritu has won Oscars for "The Revenant" and "Birdman" and last year was honored with a special achievement award for his virtual reality film "Carne y Arena."

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


6:50 p.m.

Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell are sharing in a little bromance on the Oscars red carpet.

When the best supporting actor nominees crossed paths on the carpet Sunday they didn't look at each other as wary rivals, instead engaging a warm bear hug of an embrace.

The 70-year-old Jenkins is nominated for his role as the reclusive neighbor who kindly lends his assistance to a sea creature being held by the government in "The Shape of Water."

Rockwell is also a supporting actor nominee for his role as the racist small-town sheriff's deputy who, following a fiery epiphany, attempts to help Frances McDormand find her daughter's killer in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

This is Rockwell's first Oscar nomination. Jenkins received a supporting actor nomination in 2009 for "The Visitor."

- Sandy Cohen (@YouKnowSandy) and John C. Rogers


6:40 p.m.

There may not be a blackout dress code like there was at the Golden Globes, but Time's Up has remained a hot topic on the Oscars red carpet.

A few men flaunted their Time's Up pins again, like "The Greatest Showman" songwriter Justin Paul, Bradley Whitford and best supporting actor nominees Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell. "Get Out" actor Lil Rel Howery says his pin is on his jean jacket, which he wears out more often than his Oscars tux.

Eva Marie Saint, who is presenting Sunday night, says she thinks the movement will be good for men and women. Whitford says it's time to focus on non-Hollywood Time's Up situations too.

Tarana Burke, the creator of the viral #MeToo movement, walked the carpet Sunday with her sister. Burke says that it is still a joyous occasion and that they're at the Oscars to celebrate how much the movement has grown in less than six months.

Burke says they did the "dress code thing" and now they're doing the work.

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


6:15 p.m.

World skiing champion Lindsey Vonn says her heart was racing faster on the Oscars red carpet than it did at the Olympics.

Vonn was one of the early arrivals Sunday for the 90th Academy Awards and says being there creates anxiety on a totally different level than racing down a ski slope.

The Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion says she's excited to be around so many strong and powerful women who are presenting awards at Sunday's Oscars and plans to just soak in the evening's atmosphere.

Vonn says she also hopes the Time's Up movement can change world culture for both entertainment and sports figures.

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


6:05 p.m.

Oscar nominee Diane Warren says she did not hesitate to stop to do an interview with E! host Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet Sunday.

Seacrest is facing allegations of sexual misconduct and there have been questions around whether Time's Up supporters will stop to talk to him on the carpet in spite of that. Seacrest has denied wrongdoing, and E! says it conducted an investigation and did find any issues with the host's conduct.

Warren says she knows Seacrest and has for a long time. She also says she's a big supporter of the Time's Up movement. Allison Janney, considered the front-runner for the best supporting actress Oscar, was among those who also spoke to Seacrest on Sunday.

Warren is nominated for best original song for "Stand Up for Something" from the film "Marshall."

Warren has been nominated for nine Oscars, and her previous nomination was for the song "Til It Happens to You" from "The Hunting Ground," a 2015 documentary about campus rape.

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


5:55 p.m.

"Strong Island" director Yance Ford says that it has been an incredible experience being the first openly transgender nominee.

Ford's says Sunday that his presence on the Oscars red carpet speaks for itself and that he plans to enjoy himself no matter what the outcome when the envelope is opened later in the evening.

The film is a harrowing portrait of how Ford's family was affected following the death of his brother in 1992 in Long Island. A white grand jury did not indict the white man who shot him.

"Strong Island" is competing for best documentary against "Last Men in Aleppo," ''Icarus," ''Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" and "Faces Places."

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


5:45 p.m.

With a little more than two hours to go until Oscar showtime, a sense of calm before the storm has set in backstage at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Several show workers appear to be enjoying the respite, sitting backstage quietly chatting while one worker diligently wipes away smudges in preparation of celebrities' imminent arrival on the red carpet.

There is no mention of the stunning envelope fiasco that closed last year's show.

- Sandy Cohen (@YouKnowSandy)


5:35 p.m.

"Last Men in Aleppo" director Firas Fayyad says that art is more powerful than the voices of Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump.

Fayyad's documentary about a group of first responders in the White Helmets and the Syrian civil war is nominated for best documentary at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday. The film is up against "Faces Places," ''Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," ''Icarus" and "Strong Island."

Fayyed said Sunday on the Oscars red carpet said that he is honored to be there and that it's an important space to share this story. He said it was one of the most powerful platforms in the world. He has been openly critical of Russia and Putin while promoting the film.

The filmmakers had faced some visa issues and were unsure if they were going to make it to the Oscars, but access came through for Fayyed, his producer and his cinematographer. Syria is one of the countries included in a travel ban.

- Nicole Evatt (@NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)


4:30 p.m.

It's an hour before the stars start arriving on the Oscars red carpet, and final preparations are in full swing.

E! red carpet host Giuliana Rancic posed for photos in front of fan bleachers wearing a flowing yellow dress. Journalists worked to get into their positions on the carpet, some snapping their last selfies before the show. The carpet is scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

Fans cheered as they recorded a well-wishes message to host Jimmy Kimmel, who returns as Oscars host for the second time.

Two workers from Wolfgang Puck's restaurant carried a huge tray of food that will be served inside the post-show Governors Ball, including chocolates and lox shaped like Oscars statuettes. Puck followed the platter, throwing snacks to cheering fans in the bleachers and saying, "Alright, who wants an Oscar?"

A massive tent was erected over the carpet to protect it from two days of rain. But the skies had cleared Sunday and temperatures were the low 60s, although it was considerably hotter for fans and journalists under the tent.


9 a.m.

The (right) envelope, please.

The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. EST. But more than redemption is on the line Sunday. The ceremony promises to be rife with references to the #MeToo movement sparked by the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

Host Jimmy Kimmel will be tasked with not just ensuring the correct winners are read Sunday, but also with confronting a traumatic year for Hollywood. No dress-code protest is planned by Time's Up organizers, as happened at January's Golden Globes.

The night's top honor, best picture, is considered especially up for grabs this year, with contenders including "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," ''The Shape of Water" and "Get Out."

- AP Film Writer Jake Coyle (@jakecoyleAP)