Gary Oldman told his 98-year-old mother to “put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home” as his portrayal of Winston Churchill earned him his first Oscar.
The British star, 59, picked up the best actor prize for his turn in Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand won the best actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Shape Of Water picked up four of the 13 Oscars it was nominated for, including best director for Guillermo del Toro and the night’s biggest prize, best picture.
Get Out director Jordan Peele became the first black writer to win the best original screenplay for his social satire, as British cinematographer Roger Deakins finally clinched a gold statue for his work on Blade Runner 2049 on his 14th nomination.
The Time’s Up and Me Too movements, prompted by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, were given the spotlight during a moving segment of the ceremony, while Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, and Annabella Sciorra, all Weinstein accusers, appeared on stage together after describing themselves in an earlier interview as “phoenixes” emerging from sexual harassment and lighting the way for women worldwide.
Disgraced mogul Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by scores of actresses. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Jane Fonda, Patrick Stewart, Steven Spielberg, and Sam Rockwell were among the attendees to sport Time’s Up pins on their evening wear.
Rockwell picked up the best supporting actor Oscar for Three Billboards, while Allison Janney won the best supporting actress prize for I, Tonya.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars stage to present the final award of the night a year after the best picture fiasco when they mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner rather than Moonlight.
Host Jimmy Kimmel introduced the pair saying: “This is the home stretch. Nothing could possibly go wrong.”
Oldman appeared emotional as he accepted his award and in a lengthy speech, he thanked “the Academy and its members for this glorious prize” as well as his colleagues, his wife and family.
He thanked America “for the many wonderful gifts it has given me — my home, my livelihood, my family, and now Oscar.” The actor also sent out a special thank you to his mother.
He said: “I would like to thank my mother, who is older than the Oscars. She is 99 years young next birthday and she’s watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, thank you for your love and support, put the kettle on — I’m bringing Oscar home.”
McDormand gave an energetic speech as she collected her prize, in which she encouraged all the female nominees from the night to stand up with her.
“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. “Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office, we’ll tell you all about them.”
Kimmel also used his opener to encourage winners to keep their speeches short, promising a jetski to the recipient with the briskest running time.
He unveiled the machine on stage, showcased by Helen Mirren, which was eventually won by Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges for his 36- second acceptance speech.
There was disappointment for the Irish contingent as Saoirse Ronan lost the best actress award to Frances McDormand.
It was Ronan’s third Oscar nomination and McDormand’s second win — she previously won for 1996’s Fargo.
Lady Bird, nominated in five categories, went home empty-handed.
Three Billboards writer- director Martin McDonagh missed out on best picture to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and best original screenplay to Jordan Peele’s Get Out Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon’s animated film The Breadwinner also lost out on best animated feature to the favourite, Coco.
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