The Shape of Water made a splash with the Academy, winning four Oscars, including best picture. But the romantic fantasy’s victory was hardly the most surprising part of Sunday night’s show, where the Time’s Up and Me Too movements took center stage as women stole the spotlight. Among the most talked-about moments:
1. Frances McDormand applauds women in rousing speech.
Taking best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the unpredictable star appeared genuinely excited, hyperventilating and joking, “I think this is what (Olympic snowboarder) Chloe Kim must have felt like after she did back-to-back 1080s.” She then set down her Oscar and asked all the night’s female nominees to stand up, as she emphasized the importance of women in front of and behind the camera. “We all have stories to tell,” McDormand proclaimed. “Invite us into your offices and we’ll tell you all about them.”
2. Tiffany Haddish Makes Her Case For Future Oscars Host.
The comedian stole the show when she presented two short-film awards with Maya Rudolph, wearing the same white Alexander McQueen dress she wore hosting Saturday Night Live and during last summer’s Girls Trip premiere. Riffing off Rudolph, the two joked about uncomfortable high heels, Oscars So White, and their respective scene-stealing moments in Girls Trip and Bridesmaids involving bodily functions.
Haddish also spotted Meryl Streep in the crowd and waved, saying, “Hi, Meryl. I want you to be my mama one day. Let’s get this money, girl.” Her brief but hilarious stint had many on Twitter demanding that she host the ceremony next year.
3. Emma Stone Calls Out Mostly Male Director Nominees.
The La La Land star pulled a Natalie Portman, who called out the “all-male nominees” when she presented best director at January’s Golden Globes. Stone had some fun when she presented the award Sunday night, saying, “These four men and Greta Gerwig” (the first woman nominated in the category in eight years). The quip earned huge cheers from the audience, before the Oscar was presented to The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro.
4. Taraji P. Henson (maybe) Shaded Ryan Seacrest.
After sexual harassment allegations resurfaced against the E! host this past week, people wondered whether stars would stop to talk to him on the red carpet. Although no actors addressed the claims directly, many Twitter users speculated that Taraji P. Henson shaded him as they chatted about Mary J. Blige’s success. “The universe has a way of taking care of the good people, you know what I mean?” she said, tweaking Seacrest’s chin.
5. Rita Moreno Recycles Her Dress From the 1962 Oscars.
The 86-year-old icon made something old something new again when she wore the same floral gown she did to the ceremony 56 years ago, when she took home best supporting actress for West Side Story. Later in the show, Moreno earned a standing ovation when she struck a famous pose from the movie and strutted to the podium to present best foreign language film to Chile’s A Fantastic Woman.
6. Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Moviegoers With A-list Treats.
Midway through the show, the host rounded up celebrity attendees including Emily Blunt, Gal Gadot and Lin-Manuel Miranda to hand out snacks to unsuspecting people watching A Wrinkle in Time at a neighboring movie theater. Highlights included Ansel Elgort and Armie Hammer shooting hot dogs from cannons, Lupita Nyong’o and Margot Robbie doling out candy, and Kimmel calling on a random man in the audience to introduce the next presenters.
7. Jet Skis Cruise Into Acceptance Speeches.
At the top of the show, Kimmel joked in his opening monologue that the winner with the shortest acceptance speech would win a Jet Ski. Although the lame bit fell flat, it turned out to be one of the most amusing gags throughout the night, as honorees worked it into their thank-you speeches. Roger Deakins, taking best cinematography for Blade Runner 2049, joked, “I guess I better say something or else they’ll give me a Jet Ski.”
Gary Oldman, winning best actor for Darkest Hour, quipped, “I’m not going to get the ski” amid his rambling speech. Mark Bridges, who won best costume design for Phantom Thread, ultimately made the shortest speech and was wheeled out on the Jet Ski at the end of the show, accompanied by Helen Mirren.
SOURCE: (USA TODAY)