The Shape of Water & Three Billboards Win Big at 2018 Academy Awards

by | Mar 5, 2018


The 2018 Academy Awards took place on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Check out the full list of winners including The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Dunkirk, Get Out, Blade Runner 2049 and more!


Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel joked about how the Oscars broadcast is usually VERY slow, so they came up with a gag to award a Jet Ski to the person with the shortest acceptance speech. That honor went to Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges by the way – who road the jet ski onto the stage after the final Best Picture winner – The Shape of Water. It was a funny gag, but it also made for every single person referencing a stupid jet ski during their speeches and that annoyed me for some reason.

oscars 2018 jet ski

What really killed the live broadcast, were the old people. They brought back every single 90-year-old actor and actress to present several awards categories and then proceeded to let them talk WAY too long. Add several video montages that had nothing to do with any of the current films (this was the 90th anniversary of the Oscars, so they went balls deep with video montages) and the broadcast ran nearly an ENTIRE HOUR OVER IT’S THREE-HOUR SLOT. ALMOST FOUR… HOURS…

So much for that stupid jet ski Kimmel… Good lord. Apparently the ratings showed this as a potentially all-time low for viewers and I’m not surprised. It was horrible. Kimmel as a host was hilarious (he hit em with the Hein as promised) and he avoided a lot of political Trump bashing and stuck with the sexual harassment jokes which all seemed to land well enough. The gag where he took several random famous people to the theater across the street to hand out treats to an unsuspecting audience was cute but it felt like an additional half hour of nonsense that dragged the broadcast out even harder.


Our site scored 71% in predicting the winners this year which was great – check out our 2018 Oscar Battle Royale here to see which categories we got right and who was crowned our new champion for the year. Most of the awards were fairly predictable although I will say I was surprised that The Shape of Water won Best Picture. I had assumed Three Billboards was the favourite, with Get Out getting a lot of last-minute momentum for a potential upset. Roger Deakins finally won his Oscar for Cinematography after 15 or whatever nominations, so it was nice to see the audience give him a standing ovation. Well deserved for Blade Runner 2049.

Full List of Winners:

Best picture

“The Shape of Water”

Best actress

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best actor

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best director

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Best original song

“Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from “Coco”

Best original score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Best cinematography

Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”

Best original screenplay

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best adapted screenplay

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”

Best live action short film

“The Silent Child”

Best documentary short subject

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”

Best film editing

Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”

Best visual effects

John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover, “Blade Runner 2049”

Best animated feature film


Best animated short film

Dear Basketball

Best supporting actress

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Best foreign language film

“A Fantastic Woman,” Chile

Best production design

Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey Melvin, “The Shape of Water”

Best sound editing

Richard King and Alex Gibson, “Dunkirk”

Best sound mixing

Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, “Dunkirk”

Best documentary feature


Best costume design

Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”

Best makeup and hairstyling

Kazuhiro Tsuji, Lucy Sibbick and David Malinowski, “Darkest Hour”

Best supporting actor

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”