Highlights From One Of The Most Uplifting Academy Awards Of All Time
After last year’s best picture blunder, you can be sure that every envelope was opened and read with care at the 90th Academy Awards this year. As the biggest names in the business gathered together in the Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre on Sunday night (March 4), returning host Jimmy Kimmel declared that it would be “a night of positivity”.
Following Kimmel’s uplifting and tastefully humorous opening monologue, the night was filled with show-stopping performances, historic wins, and inspiring messages. Here are our favourite moments from this year’s nothing-but-positive Oscars.
Blade Runner Producer, Roger Deakins Finally Wins His Oscar
After 14 nominations from The Shawshank Redemption to Skyfall, the esteemed cinematographer, Roger Deakins, has finally won his first Oscar for Blade Runner 2049. It's hard to argue against the fact that Deakins, known for his legendary work, was well past due for his recognition.
Rita Moreno's Standout Fashion Moment
Presenting the Academy Award for best foreign-language film — to the Chilean movie “A Fantastic Woman” — Rita Moreno scored major style points with her iconic repurposed version of an outfit she previously donned to collect her own Oscar, for “West Side Story,” in 1962.
The full skirt was made from the weighty brocade cloth typically used in making kimono obis. The outfit harkened back to a time when actresses were expected to provide their own get-ups for award ceremonies, without help from stylists.
Lupita Nygong'o's Striking Hair
It would be hard not to notice Lupita Nyong’o’s stylish coif at the evening’s red carpet. Inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles from traditional Rwandan culture, hairstylist Vernon François wove Nyong'o's lengths into a triad of braided segments that wrapped around her crown, a gold thread meandering through the striking design—a perfect complement to her gilded Atelier Versace gown.
Call Me By Your Name Wins Best Adapted Screenplay
James Ivory’s script for the coming-of-age drama “Call Me by Your Name” has dominated the awards season, winning at the Writers Guild of America Awards, USC Scripter Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and the BAFTAs. The winning streak has continued with the Oscar for best adapted screenplay at Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, making Ivory the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar at age 89.
“Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact,” Ivory said.
Ivory’s screenplay beat out Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber’s “The Disaster Artist,” Dee Rees and Virgil Williams’ “Mudbound,” and Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green’s “Logan.”
Adam Rippon Turns Heads With A Leather Harness
Olympic figure skater, Adam Rippon, hit the red carpet in a head-turning leather harness from Moschino. the Moschino outfit, which included exposed shoulders, a patent leather bow tie, and a satin cummerbund was easily one of the most talked about tux from the red carpet.
The Most Rousing Feminist Moment
Frances McDormand delivered a rousing speech in her acceptance speech for bagging the best actress statuette where she triumphed in a strong field that included three-time Academy award winner Meryl Streep, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan and British actor Sally Hawkins.
Her acceptance speech culminated to the point when she asked every female nominee in the room to stand with her, followed by an impassioned plea for Hollywood to finance and highlight more women stories. Seeing prominent women in the industry from Meryl Streep to Jennifer Lawrence all stand in solidarity was easily one of the most uplifting moments of the evening.
Jordan Peele's Historic Moment
The 90th Academy Awards had many "first time at the Oscars" moments after the nomination list was announced among which include Jordan Peele, writer of Get Out, who became the first African American writer to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
Rachel Shenton's Sign Language Acceptance Speech
As a promise to the six-year old deaf British actress, Maisie Sly, of The Silent Child short film, Rachel Shenton who co-starred and wrote fo the film used sign language in her acceptance speech. The Silent Child, which tells the story of a girl who struggles to communicate, was named best live action short film.
Tiffany Haddish Homage To Her Late Father
Tiffany Haddish may not have won an Oscar but she most certainly won viewers' hearts when she proudly donned a traditional African gown in honour of her late father, who was from Eritrea. The Girls Trip star said her father always believed she would make it to the Oscars and that she should honour her heritage when she went as she certainly did with her stunning gown.
And the Jet Ski Goes To…
In a bid to keep acceptance speeches short, Jimmy Kimmel ended his opening monologue offering the winner with the shortest speech a jet ski, presented by Helen Mirren. The show closed with the winner Mark Bridges, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design, riding out on his jet ski (worth a whopping $17,999) with Mirren behind him as attendees exited the auditorium.
If only every Oscar moment ended with a moment as glamorous as this.