Academy Awards Predict Diversity, Inclusion, and Accomplishment


This year was the 90th Academy Awards

Bekah Redinger, Arts and Entertainment Editor

During the height of awards season, cinema’s biggest night told viewers which of 2017’s movies made a difference in culture and the minds of moviegoers.

This year has been particularly political in our popular culture, especially in our awards shows. After the Golden Globes became a launch pad for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, other awards shows have been choosing to follow suit. The Academy Awards decided that the focal point of the show would be diversity in storytelling. In a montage about diversity in film, many of the year’s nominated creators spoke out about why they believed this year was so crucial. “These are times that will be remembered,” said Ava DuVerney. “What will we be remembered for? What did we do?” Lee Daniels had the answer to the question in his prediction of what would happen next. “Get ready for some more Get Outs,” he said. “Get ready for some more Black Panthers. Get ready for some more Wrinkle in Times.”

A little publicity stunt paid off in a bit way when a group of celebrities crashed a screening of A Wrinkle in Time with a package of goodies. Gal Gadot, Guillermo Del Toro, Ansel Elgort, Margot Robbie, Armie Hammer, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Emily Blunt, led by host Jimmy Kimmel, made their way into a nearby cinema to thank the people who matter most in the movie industry: the viewers. In addition to giving them the surprise of their life and lots of hot dogs and gummy bears, the group of celebrities talked to many of the audience members, who were being filmed and shown live on a screen at the Oscars. For once, the actors were watching the audience. Towards the end of the gag, Jimmy Kimmel asked a moviegoer, who introduced himself as Mike, to announce the next presenters at the Oscars, giving a fun way for the moviegoing public to see themselves onscreen.

The performances of the Oscar-nominated songs are often anticipated as exciting parts of the night, almost as exciting as the jokes. The nominated songs this year were “Remember Me,” from COCO, “Mighty River,” from Mudbound, “This is Me,” from The Greatest Showman, “Mystery of Love,” from Call Me By Your Name, and “Stand up for Something,” from Marshall. The performances were all very soulful, each of them a reflection of their respective movies. The bilingual “Remember Me” cultural celebration of Mexico stunned viewers with the costumes, lights, and dancers. Mary J. Blige’s performance of “Mighty River,” backed by images from the movie and a powerful chorus, promoted the same powerful message of the movie. “This Is Me” was a show-stopping number that brought standing ovations, tears, and surprise, with a diverse cast of people backing Keala Settle. “Mystery of Love,” contrarily, was a slower paced ballad performed by songwriter Sufjan Stevens. “Stand up for Something” was just as powerful, and was one of the more political moments of the night, specifically calling out the NRA and giving support to victims of the Parkland shooting and multiple hurricanes this past year.

Here are the winners of the 2018 Oscars.

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”  

(List from CBS News)