Let’s look back at some of the most gasp-inducing, scandalous and surprising moments of the Academy Awards 2018.
From inspiring acceptance speeches to rousing musical performances, the star-studded event of the 90th Annual Academy Awards was filled with instances that you’d definitely want to know about.
A rousing speech:
Frances McDormand paid a powerful tribute to all the women in her acceptance speech for the Best Actress award. She urged Hollywood to support women with action rather than words: “If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight…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.”
The sweetest victory:
After 13 losses, Roger Deakins finally won his first statue for cinematography in “Blade Runner 2049”. After being repeatedly nominated since 1994 for his works including “The Shawshank Redemption”, the 68-year-old renowned cinematographer humbly accepted his award with, “I really love my job…I’ve been doing it a long time, as you can see.”
The most electrifying performance:
Keala Settle performed “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and brought the audience to life with its powerful lyrics and jaw-dropping rendition. She received a standing ovation from the Oscar crowd and was praised on social media by her “The Greatest Showman” co-stars.
A political statement:
Lupita Nyong’o, born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, and Kumail Nanjiani, from Pakistan, made pointed political statements as they addressed the immigrant issue and the Unites States’ policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. They made a subtle appeal to the who’s who in their speech by saying, “To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you.”
A not-so-hilarious monologue:
Jimmy Kimmel, in his typical straightforward and wry delivery made pointed statements against various issues that haunted the audience in the preceding year. Although the references to last year’s Oscars goof-up and Weinstein allegations didn’t add-up to become the most laughter-inducing jokes, but it sure did make a relevant point.
Acknowledging the need for addressing harassment issues in Hollywood he added, “We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us, and we need to set an example…women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go!”