Sunday night’s 90th Oscars ceremony was full of history, social commentary and musical performances. Check out our takeaways from the awards:

A night of music

Music played a large part during the awards as several artists highlighted themes of love, unity and empowerment. Best Supporting Actress nominee Mary J. Blige, along with a full gospel choir, led a rendition of “Mighty River” off her 2017 film “MudBound."

The cast of "Coco" recreated “Remember Me,” including a full mariachi band and elaborate lit sets.

Singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens performed “Mystery of Love," a song which Stevens wrote to coincide with Best Picture nominee “Call Me By Your Name."

Singer Andra Day and rapper Common performed music from “Marshall,” a film detailing the life of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

Finally, a performance of “This is Me” from the musical “The Greatest Showman” wrapped up the night.

History in the making

Ninety years. Ninety best pictures.

The Academy’s 90th anniversary was the headline of the night as the Oscars celebrated their storied past. Several montages throughout detailed not only the many films that have been awarded throughout the years but also the women of Hollywood.

Two legacy actresses, Eva Marie Saint from “On the Waterfront” and Rita Moreno of "West Side Story," presented both Best Costume Design and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Actor Christopher Walken announced Best Supporting Actor to celebrate his career defining role in "The Deer Hunter."

Tearing up the technicals

Despite competition from "Blade Runner 2049," "The Shape of Water" and "Baby Driver," "Dunkirk" was able to rack up several technical and music awards. In total, the film garnered awards for sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.

"Blade Runner 2049" did manage to receive Best Cinematography under the direction of long time cinematographer Roger Deakins, as well as Best Visual Effects.


In an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive Hollywood system, several actors and directors including Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig spoke on the MeToo movement and its cultural impact. Highlighting films such as "Lady Bird," "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman," which were praised for their portrayal of women and people of color as they created positive role models for generations to come.

The Shape of Best Picture

Coming off a best director award at the the Golden Globes, Guillermo Del Toro took away the Best Director award for "The Shape of Water." "The Shape of Water" is Del Toro’s first Oscar win for Best Director, as well as his first nomination in the category. The film also grabbed Best Picture, another first for Del Toro.

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