Oscars 2018 LIVE: Host Jimmy Kimmel addresses elephant in the room, Sam Rockwell wins first award
The 90th Academy Awards, or the Oscars as they’re fondly known, kicked off at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Monday. Guillermo del Toro’s romance fantasy The Shape of Water led nominations with 13 nods, followed by eight nominations for Christopher Nolan’s epic World War II film, Dunkirk, and seven for the next favourite, Martin McDonagh’s piercing black comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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6:55 am IST: Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer came onto the stage to announce the winner of the Best Hair & Makeup Oscar. As expected, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick won for their incredible work in Darkest Hour, in which Best Actor hopeful Gary Oldman is almost unrecognisable as Winston Churchill. It was Tsuji’s first win in three nominations.
6:45 am IST: Viola Davis took to the stage to announce the first award of the night - Best Supporting Actor. Sam Rockwell, for Three Billborards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the overwhelming favourite took home the award. “I’d like to thank the Academy, I never thought I’d say those words,” Rockwell said in his speech.
6:30 am IST: Jimmy Kimmel takes to the stage a year after hosting the 2017 Oscars, which infamously ended in huge confusion after La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Best Picture award instead of Moonlight. The short film played at the beginning of the ceremony poked fun at the mishap. “Greetings from Hollywood to our viewers all over the world,” Kimmel said, as he took to the stage.
He then addressed the elephant in the room - the sexual assault scandal that shook Hollywood in 2017 - and pointed everyone’s attention to the Oscars statue, which he said keeps its hands to itself and doesn’t even have a penis.
“Over the course of this evening, I hope you will hear more of movements such as Me Too and Time’s Up and Never Again,” he said.
Kimmel also spoke about the positive wave of change the industry has witnessed since last year. He noted the success of Black Panther and Wonder Woman, superhero movies led by what have historically considered minorities. He singled out Best Director nominees Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, and history making cinematographer, Rachel Morrison.
Kimmel ended his monologue by encouraging winners to make passionate speeches about issues they believe him, reminding them of the platform and opportunity they’ve been given.
6 am IST: We’re less than half an hour away from the Oscars! Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot are in the house.
5:30 am IST: Host Jimmy Kimmel celebrated Oscar day by sharing a picture of his 3-and-a-half year old daughter eating pancakes.
5:15 am IST: The red carpet event kicks off, with the who’s who of the industry arriving in their best, most colourful outfits. The recent Golden Globes saw a blackout of sorts in support of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. Catch the action from the red carpet here.
Jimmy Kimmel returned to host for the second year in the row, following the confusion at the end of the 2017 ceremony, in which the wrong winner was announced on his watch. All eyes were on the comedian after a particularly tumultuous year for the entertainment industry, which saw several prominent personalities being accused of sexual misconduct in the sweeping Me Too and Time’s Up movements fuelled by the initial accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein.