Oscars 2018 as it happened: Shape of Water triumphs with Best Picture and Best Director awards


The 2018 Oscars has come to its (rather staid) conclusion, with major wins for The Shape of Water, Darkest Hour, Three Billboards and Get Out.

This year’s ceremony witnessed multiple political causes championed: from gun control to the plight of Dreamers children to the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.

Frances McDormand’s powerful acceptance speech for Best Actress (apologies for the spoiler) calling for all female nominees to stand up and enforce ‘inclusion riders’ – will be the Oscars’ answer to Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes.

“I want to get some perspective,” she said. “If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors – Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will, c’mon – the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. C’mon!”

“Okay, look around everybody,” she continued. “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight.

“Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider”.

The Shape of Water was the bookies’ favourite and came away with the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, with Guillermo Del Toro making a cheeky dig at last year’s Best Picture disaster by checking the envelope twice to make sure it had the right winner.

The acting categories frontrunners – Gary Oldman for best actor, Frances McDormand for Best Actress, Sam Rockwell for Supporting Actor, and Allison Janney for Supporting Actress – all came to fruition. 

The complete list of winners is at the bottom of the page.

The liveblog is now closed 

Live Updates

18 hours ago

Welcome to The Independent‘s Oscars 2018 liveblog, following the latest action from the year’s most star-studded awards ceremony. Actros and filmmakers are expected to start walking the red carpet around midnight, while the ceremony itself will kickstart 1am UK time. 

18 hours ago

First up, let’s have a look at who’s presenting awards later tonight. Those to be handing out awards include (deep breath) Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Daniela Vega, Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Eugenio Derbez, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Eiza González, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will once again be presenting the best picture award, having accidentally given the prize to the wrong movie last year.
Asked about presenting the award for a second time Dunaway reportedly said it would be “better the second time around” while Beatty quipped: “The winner is Gone with the Wind.”

18 hours ago

The leading actor category looks sewn up at this stage, with Gary Oldman having won almost every award under the sun for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

However, many people are wanting to see Timothee Chalamet crowned winner for his astounding performance in Call Me By Your Name. The American won last night at the Independent Spirit Awards — could an Oldman upset be in store? 

Read The Independent‘s predictions here.

18 hours ago

For leading actress, Frances McDormand is expected to take the prize for her performance in Three Billboards. By nearly all accounts, she deserves it having given an utterly mesmerising performance. Closest competitor is Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water, although she remains a long shot. 

17 hours ago

Supporting actor has also pretty much be sewn up by Three Billboards‘ Sam Rockwell. While his character may have caused some controversy, the critics have heaped unanimous praise on the character actor.
The closest competitor is Willem Defoe, who gives a surprisingly heartfelt performance in the criminally overlooked Florida Project – a film many would argue should have been in the running for best picture.

17 hours ago

Alison Janney leads the supporting actress category for her turn as Tonya Harding’s tough-love mother in I,Tonya. Having won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and almost every other televised award, she will almost certainly win the award. 
While Mary J. Blige may have been astounding in Mudbound, we’re unlikely to see her take home the statuette. Rather, Laurie Metcalf seems like the person who could cause upset for Janney having been superb in Lady Bird – or perhaps Lesley Manville as a long shot in Phantom Thread

17 hours ago


Some news just before Ryan Seacrest takes to the red carpet to interview tonight’s attending celebrities: the founder of MeToo says E! should not have allowed Seacrest to attend the Oscars. The interviewer has been accused of sexual misconduct, accusations he has denied. Read the full story here:

MeToo founder says Ryan Seacrest should not be at the Oscars


16 hours ago

The best director nominees are:
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water
Most Oscar watchers are predicting a win for Guillermo here, although Nolan may finally land a best directing win for the astounding Dunkirk. Peele has also become a favourite, having won at the Spirit Awards last night, while a win for Gerwig would make her the second woman to ever win the Oscar for best directing (the first being Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for The Hurt Locker). Then there’s Anderson, who has created another utterly mesmerising film – while a favourite among cinephiles, he remains bottom of the pack by the bookie’s estimates. 

16 hours ago

And the nominees for Original Screenplay: 

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards
We’re expecting to see a win for Three Billboards here, the dark comedy winning almost every screenplay award this season. However, upsets could come from fellow best picture nominees Lady Bird and Get Out, both of which have been hotly touted to prevail on the night. The extremely loveable The Big Sick has also won the heart of many voters – could a surprise win come Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s way?

16 hours ago

Best Adapted Screenplay nominees: 

Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game
There’s not really any question over who will take home adapted screenplay: Call Me By Your Name. The only one of the competition nominated also for best picture, the tale of two people falling in love has won over the hearts of many. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is Logan, which marks the first ever superhero movie to ever be nominated for adapted screenplay. Seeing as the Academy seemingly despise the vast majority of superhero movies, that’s quite some accomplishment. 

15 hours ago

Still need to catch up on some Oscar winners before tonight really begins? Well, your in luck. For UK readers Mudbound is available on Netflix and The Big Sick is currently on Amazon Prime UK. Now TV movie pass also has Get Out, Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Beauty and the Beast. 

15 hours ago

15 hours ago

Confirmed performers at tonight’s ceremony include Common, Mary J. Blige, Gael García Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens.
Mary J. Blige will play “Mighty River”, written for Mudbound. Gael García Bernal, Miguel, and Natalia LaFourcade will perform “Remember Me” from Coco, while Keala Settle sings The Greatest Showman standout “This Is Me”. 
Common and Andra Day will perform “Stand Up for Something” from the biopic Marshall, and finally Sufjan Stevens will play the heartbreaking “Mysteries of Love” form Call Me By Your Name.

15 hours ago

Here’s to hoping Tommy and Greg get into the Oscars tonight.

15 hours ago

If you’re wondering how to watch the Oscars live along with us, here’s how. We’ve still got a few hours until everything kicks off properly. Until then, why not browse the nominations.

15 hours ago

The big one, Best Picture:

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards
Many people suspect either Three Billboards or The Shape of Water will take home the night’s top prize. However, there’s been some groundswell around Get Out, Jordan Peele’s horror that reached cinemas an eternity ago (read: over a year ago). Last night (3 March), the film won the Independent Spirit Award for best picture – for the last four years running, the winner of that award has won the Oscar for best picture. With so much anticipation around the tiny-budget film, chances are Get Out could steal the night. 

14 hours ago

14 hours ago

A selection of the Brits hoping to take home awards tonight: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread).
Fun fact: supporting actress nominee Manville and leading actor nominee Oldman were once married and have a son named Alfie. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the former spousal showdown we saw in 2009, when both Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and James Cameron (Avatar) were nominated for the same award, best director – Bigelow famously won that battle.  

14 hours ago

Some predictions from me (Jack Shepherd) before I leave you in the hands of Christopher Hooton and the rest of the Oscars team: after believing for months Shape of Water had the best picture gong in the bag, I rewatched the film last night and have changed my mind. It’s special, and one of Guillermo’s finest hours (he’ll no doubt take best director), but I reckon Get Out could clinch a victory.
Personally, I’d like to see Phantom Thread win – Paul Thomas Anderson has created a masterpiece and perhaps. Daniel Day-Lewis would also be a great choice for best actor, although Daniel Kaluuya’s great in Get Out and Oldman seems unbeatable for Darkest Hour (though none of us are huge fans of the film here). 
And there you have it – catch me on Twitter here and send me your thoughts on the Oscars. Over to Christopher.

13 hours ago

Allison Janney has arrived on the red carpet wearing an eye-popping scarlet gown by Reem Acra paired with a Roger Vivier clutch. The I,Tonya star has already taken home the gong for best supporting actress at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Will tonight mark a hat-trick for the US actress? Stay tuned.

By Olivia Petter.

Load more

Please give the liveblog a moment to load.


Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water – WINNER

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WINNER

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water


Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro – WINNER

Animated Feature:

The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson – WINNER

Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant – WINNER

Garden Party, Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

Lou, Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Negative Space, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes, Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory – WINNER

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out, Jordan Peele – WINNER

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh


Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins – WINNER

Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound, Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan – WINNER

Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel – WINNER

Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton – WINNER

Watu Wote/All of Us, Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) – WINNER

The Insult (Lebanon)

Loveless (Russia)

On Body and Soul (Hungary)

The Square (Sweden)

Film Editing:

Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Dunkirk, Lee Smith – WINNER

I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

Baby Driver, Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau – WINNER

Original Score:

Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat – WINNER

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from Mudbound, Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez – WINNER

“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick – WINNER

Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira

Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer – WINNER

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist