8 most talked about moments from the 2018 Oscars

Joann Johnston
March 6, 2018

The director of "The Post", about journalists facing down the United States government in the Vietnam era, was omitted from the list of five director nominees, although the film itself was nominated for Best Picture. "We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper". "This one shook me, because if we can't trust agents - who can we trust?" "Applause is nice. But I want to really thank them", he said.

And of course the host this year and last year was Jimmy Kimmel who has become increasingly political in the past year, making the case for Obamacare and attacking President Trump on a nightly basis.

"But what happened with Harvey, and what's happening all over, was long overdue".

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore". It's taken him nearly 50 years to bring it to the screen.

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed", McDormand said with rising animation.

Her "Three Billboards" co-star Rockwell kicked off the night by claiming best supporting actor for his acclaimed turn as a racist, violent police officer.

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I'm not sure how to address that, since the other awards leading up to the Oscars tend to be such good predictors of what's coming, but I miss the shock of unexpected winners.

That presentation fell behind the 2016 awards by four points. "You are all extraordinary", the statuesque 58-year-old Janney, the overwhelming favorite, enthused at the podium. "And the reason I remember that time is because it was March of past year". Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk and Paul Thomas Anderson's dark romance Phantom Thread took a clutch of technical awards.

Villeneuve also got a shout-out onstage from Roger Deakins as he accepted the Oscar for best cinematography on "Blade Runner 2049".

In direct contrast to the Golden Globe Awards, where most people donned all-black in homage to the revolutionary #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, color was back in full force on the red carpet.

But towards the end of the show, Salma Hayek fronted the presentation of a video of stars advocating for women's rights and racial equality, including Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, Lee Daniels and Geena Davis.

"It was a show in which almost every victor had been exhaustively pre-ordained by the endless awards season, but one in which first-time and long-overdue winners still brought the crowd to its feet", the Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg said in a review. Much of the commentary from winners and presenters was focused on social issues, including sexual harassment of women and gender pay disparities. What's more, the decline in ratings was to be expected: the ongoing trend of cord-cutting and the surge in streaming services means more viewers are watching award shows on their computers and mobile devices than ever before.

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