Oscars show salutes #MeToo movement, diversity in film

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In the meantime, triple congratulations are in order for the kid from Comedy Central, Jordan Peele, who had a huge success with his movie, Get Out. "Now straight white dudes can watch movies starring me and you can relate to that". "I want to apologize to our men and women of the armed forces for including Matt Damon in that".

Del Toro was favored to win the directing prize after picking up the Directors Guild of America Award last month.

Former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton succeeded in the live action short category for their film The Silent Child, about a deaf four-year-old girl who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk" closely followed "Shape of Water" with three awards, all for its technical craft: editing, sound editing and sound design. And the Oscars telecast still went over by 53 minutes. Gary Oldman won for his Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour", Allison Janney ("I, Tonya") took best supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") won best supporting actor.

Kobe Bryant hit back at conservative commentator Laura Ingraham's remarks that basketball players should "shut up and dribble" while accepting his first Oscar.

James Ivory, who was nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name", wore a shirt with lead actor Timothee Chalamet's face on it.

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The "Blade Runner 2049" by Denis Villeneuve won two awards for best cinematography and best visual effects. The film, marking the first onscreen pairing of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, was seen as somewhat of an Oscar shoo-in ahead of its release, and even at the top of the Golden Globes, where host Seth Meyers joked about the armloads full of awards it would win. Word is A-listers opted to not talk to Seacrest because of the controversy, making him the most snubbed person at the show all evening.

The centerpiece for Oscar recognition of activism came midway through the show, as three actresses who were among Weinstein's accusers - Annabella Sciorra, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek - introduced a montage of film clips and celebrity interviews paying tribute to diversity of all kinds. "The Shape of Water" was about the perceived inhumanity of people who don't conform.

The first award of the night is for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, presented by Viola Davis. Del Toro has denied ever seeing or hearing about the play.

Documentary (short): "Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405". "And I felt like this was important for me to take a part like this and be a part of a show that showed people in recovery, and also showed that there was hope".

His crowning glory though was when opening the envelope for Best Animated Short and repeating the mantra: "Don't Say La La Land, Don't say La La Land".

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