The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2017 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was held on March 4, 2018 rather than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics.
During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by American Broadcasting Company (ABC), produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and directed by Glenn Weiss. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted for the second consecutive year, making him the first person to host back-to-back ceremonies since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998.
In related events, the Academy held its 9th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 11, 2017. On February 10, 2018, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards were presented by host actor Sir Patrick Stewart.
The Shape of Water won a leading four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. Dunkirk won three awards; Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Darkest Hour, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won two awards each. I, Tonya, Get Out, Call Me by Your Name, A Fantastic Woman, Icarus, Phantom Thread, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, The Silent Child, and Dear Basketball received one award each.
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on January 23, 2018, at 5:22 a.m. PST (13:22 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, via global live stream, from the Academy and by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. The Shape of Water led all nominees with thirteen nominations; Dunkirk came in second with eight, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came in third with seven.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
The Academy held its ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 11, 2017, during which the following awards were presented:
- Academy Honorary Awards
- Agnès Varda — French film director, writer, editor and producer
- Charles Burnett — American director, writer, producer, editor and cinematographer
- Donald Sutherland — Canadian actor
- Owen Roizman — American cinematographer
- Special Achievement Academy Award
Films with multiple wins and nominations
|13||The Shape of Water|
|7||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|5||Blade Runner 2049|
|4||Call Me by Your Name|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|2||Beauty and the Beast|
|Victoria & Abdul|
|4||The Shape of Water|
|2||Blade Runner 2049|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
Despite the mixed reception received from the preceding year’s ceremony, the Academy rehired Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd as producers for the second consecutive year. In May 2017, it was announced that Jimmy Kimmel would return as host for a second consecutive year. Kimmel expressed that he was thrilled to be selected to MC the gala again, commenting, “Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl [Boone Isaacs], Dawn [Hudson], and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd. If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!” Jimmy extensively campaigned for the ceremony, shooting several promos and discussions on his talk show.
On December 4, 2017, it was announced that the timing of the ceremony and its pre-show had been changed and both would be scheduled to broadcast a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. In the first half of the nominations announcement pre-taped category introductions were included by actresses Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh.
As per the tradition of the Academy, the previous year’s Best Actor winner usually presents the Best Actress award for the next year’s ceremony; in lieu of this, last year’s Best Actor winner Casey Affleck reportedly decided not to attend the ceremony due to his sexual harassment allegations. Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence presented the award together in place of Affleck. The Best Actor award has also been presented by Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to present the Best Picture Award for the second year in the row, after last year’s announcement error.
Box office performance of nominated films
(before Jan. 23)
(Jan. 23 – Mar. 4)
(after Mar. 5)
|Dunkirk||$188 million||–||–||$188 million|
|Get Out||$175.7 million||$353,795||–||$176 million|
|The Post||$45.8 million||$34 million||–||$80.4 million|
|The Shape of Water||$30.4 million||$25.9 million||–||$57.4 million|
|Darkest Hour||$41.1 million||$13.9 million||–||$55.4 million|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||$32.3 million||$18.8 million||–||$52 million|
|Lady Bird||$39.2 million||$8.6 million||–||$48.3 million|
|Phantom Thread||$6.4 million||$13.3 million||–||$20.1 million|
|Call Me by Your Name||$9.4 million||$6.8 million||–||$17 million|
|Total||$568.2 million||$121.6 million||–||$694.7 million|
|Average||$63.1 million||$13.5 million||–||$77.2 million|
At the time of the nominations announcement on January 23, 2018, the combined gross of the nine Best Picture nominees at the North American box offices was $568.2 million, with an average of $63.1 million per film (although Dunkirk and Get Out were the only films with a gross above $46 million). When the nominations were announced, Dunkirk was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $188 million in domestic box office receipts. Get Out was the second-highest-grossing film with $175.6 million, followed by The Post ($45.7 million), Darkest Hour ($41 million), Lady Bird ($39.1 million), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ($32.2 million), The Shape of Water ($30.4 million), Call Me by Your Name ($9.1 million), and Phantom Thread ($6.3 million).
Thirty-six nominations went to 15 films on the list of the top 50 grossing movies of the year. Of those 15 films, only Coco (12th), Logan (15th) Dunkirk (18th), Get Out (16th), The Boss Baby (19th), and Ferdinand (35th) were nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature or any of the directing, acting or screenwriting awards. The other top 50 box-office hits that earned nominations were Star Wars: The Last Jedi (1st), Beauty and the Beast (2nd), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (8th), Kong: Skull Island (17th), War for the Planet of the Apes (20th), Wonder (33rd), The Greatest Showman (29th), Baby Driver (41st), and Blade Runner 2049 (36th).
Critical reception and television ratings
The show received a mixed reception from media publications. Critics reviewed both the ceremony and Kimmel’s hosting moderately. Hank Stuever of The Washington Post marked, “In his second year, Kimmel has shown that the telecast needn’t be anything but sharp and sure, with a funny host whose bits are manageable, shareable and — best of all — forgotten. We’re not making showbiz history here; we’re just trying to get through another Oscar night.” Chief critic David Edelstein of Vulture wrote, “This was the best, most inspiring, and most sheerly likable Academy Awards telecast I’ve ever seen. … It was also — in terms of the actual awards — among the most disappointing.” Vanity Fair‘s, Richard Lawson wrote, “As a host, Kimmel struck a careful, appropriately measured tone … All told, Sunday’s ceremony did an admirable job of recognizing all the turmoil surrounding it while maintaining the silly, chintzy trappings that so many of us tune into the Oscars for.” CNN‘s Brian Lowry quipped, “The Oscars are a big, unwieldy beast, which invariably try to serve too many masters. Yet if the intent was ultimately to maintain a celebratory tone without ignoring either the outside world or the elephant in the room throughout this year’s awards, host Jimmy Kimmel and the show itself largely succeeded.”
Others were more critical of the show. Television critic Maureen Ryan of Variety said, “All things considered, the show had a more or less low-key vibe. Normally it takes about two hours for the numbing effect to set in, but despite host Jimmy Kimmel’s best efforts, Sunday’s telecast started to feel a bit languid and low-energy far earlier. Television critic, James Poniewozik of The New York Times, “despite the recent upheaval in Hollywood, the ceremony at large still focused mainly on celebration and glitter literally, in the case of the blinding set, which looked as if the ceremony were encased in an enormous geode. There’s also the perennial problem of bloat. The hitch, of course, is that every part of the show has its constituency.” Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly wrote, “What fun we had at this year’s Oscars! Long show, sure, but where to cut it?” Writing for Deadline Greg Evans said, “Did the nearly four-hour running time contain any moments for the Oscar ages? Probably not.” David Wiegand of San Francisco Chronicle said, “Even the hope that the noise of clapping might keep the audience at home and in the theater awake, there was little of that for anything except the entrance of actors of advance age.” The Oregonian columnist Kristi Turnquist wrote, “Was it respectful? Absolutely. Did it make for kind of a dull, earnest Oscars show. Yeah, kind of.”
Attaining 24.4 million U.S. viewers according to Nielsen ratings, the ceremony’s telecast had a 16-percent drop in viewership from last year’s ceremony and had the lowest U.S. viewership in Oscar history.
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