And the Oscar goes to…?

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri, a  favourite to take the Best Picture Oscar, as is McDormand for the Best Actress award.


THERE were many red faces at last year’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, when actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made a monumental faux pas by incorrectly announcing La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award, when in fact the statuette was supposed to have gone to Moonlight.

Many people will be tightly holding thumbs no more embarrassing mistakes are made at 3am South African time tomorrow, Monday (March 5), with the live broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Outstanding achievement in 24 categories will be rewarded at the ceremony which is to be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel for the second year in a row, making him the first person to host consecutive ceremonies since Billy Crystal did so in 1997 and 1998.

M-Net Movies (channel 104) is scheduled to screen the awards from 3am on Monday, March 5, following red carpet coverage, and the ceremony will be repeated on M-Net (channel 101) at 9pm on Monday, March 5.

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water, which wins this writer’s vote for the Best Picture Oscar.

The nine movies in the running for the Best Picture award this year, in alphabetical  order, are Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

It has been reported that among those scheduled to present awards this year are Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Walken, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.

Performers at the big event will include Common, Mary J Blige, Gael García Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Sufjan Stevens and The Greatest Showman’s “bearded lady”, Keala Settle.

This year sees Meryl Streep once again topples her own record, securing her 21st Oscar nomination for acting (for The Post). She was first nominated for an Oscar in 1978, for The Deer Hunter, and has since had 17 Best Actress nominations and four for supporting roles. Streep has won two Best Actress Oscars – for Sophie’s Choice (1983) and The Iron Lady (2012) – and one Best Supporting Actress award for Kramer vs Kramer (1980).

Interestingly, Great Garwig has become only the fifth woman nominated for the award for directing, for her work on Lady Bird. She is the first woman nominated in this category since Kathryn Bigelow took the golden statuette in 2010, for The Hurt Locker.

A scene from the novel Loving Vincent, nominated for Best Animated Feature.

……………….Interesting Academy Awards facts for the trivia-hungry………………

Only three films have won a record 11 Oscars – Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King (2003).

No men have won a Best Actor Oscar for a debut screen role, but four women have won the Best Actress statuette for their first time on screen – Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba, 1952); Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, 1964); Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, 1968). and partially deaf actress Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, 1986).

Walt Disney has taken 22 Oscars – the most for an individual – and the woman with the most wins is the late Edith Head. She took eight Oscars for costume design.

Wikipedia reports that the most competitive awards won by a person who is still living is composer Alan Menken (eight Academy Awards).

Katharine Hepburn has won a record four awards for Best Actress; Daniel Day-Lewis leads the Best Actor category with three wins; and John Ford holds the record for directing, with four Oscar wins.

Cedric Gibbons, who designed the golden Oscar award, won 11 awards out of a total of 39 nominations for art direction.

The golden boy…

France is the country with the most nominations for the statuette for foreign language film, and has taken the award a dozen times.

Heath Ledger and Peter Finch are the only actors to be awarded an Academy Award posthumously, for The Dark Knight (2008) and Network (1976), respectively.

The first 3D movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar was Avatar (2009) and the first – and only – animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture statuette was Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Tatum O’Neal with her father Ryan O’Neal in Paper Moon, from 1973. Tatum, then aged 10, became the youngest winner of an Oscar for acting.

The youngest winner of an acting award was Tatum O’Neal. At age 10 she took the award for best supporting actress, for 1973’s Paper Moon.

The oldest Oscar-winner is Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he took the best supporting actor Oscar for the 2011 drama, Beginners.

Wikipedia reports that the longest performance to win the award for Best Actress is by Vivien Leigh – for 1939’s Gone With the Wind: two hours, 23 minutes and 32 seconds.

The movie with the most Oscars without winning the Best Picture award is Cabaret. It took eight Oscars in 1972. By contrast, Grand Hotel (1932) took the Best Picture Oscar, the only award for which it was nominated.

Most awards by a black actor? Denzel Washington has two – Best Actor for Training Day (2001) and Best Supporting Actor for Glory (1989).

The longest Oscar speech was that given by Greer Garson at the 15th awards ceremony. After she was named as best actress for 1942 for Mrs Miniver, her speech ran for nearly six minutes. Hence the limit of 45 seconds now – and tune-prompting if you go over that limit.

Comedian and actor Bob Hope holds the record for hosting the Oscars. He hosted the ceremony 19 times between 1940 and 1978.

This is the full list of nominations for this year’s Academy Awards:


“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


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.”


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”


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”


Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk”, Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird”, Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro


“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman


“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer


“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound”, Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes


“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner


“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen


“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)


“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory


“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood


“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick


“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau


“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


“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten


“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle


“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whis

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