This year’s prestigious Academy Awards ceremony didn’t include a Best Picture blunder, but it did have a jet ski. If you missed the show, these were the top moments worth talking about.
About that Jet Ski…
After Jimmy Kimmel’s laughter-inducing monologue, he had one last trick up his sleeve: whoever gave the shortest speech would go home with a Jet Ski (no, really). No one seemed particularly bent on claiming the prize, but it did end up going to Mark Bridges—winner of best costume design for “Phantom Thread”—for a 36-second long acceptance speech.
Hollywood legends FTW
86-year-old Rita Moreno stunned the red carpet wearing the same dress she wore to the 1962 Oscars, when she won for “West Side Story”, and she appeared just as glamorous now as she did then. Christopher Plummer was the butt of many of Kimmel’s monologue jokes, but he took it all with a smile. And Eva Marie Saint poked fun at her age, saying “I’m older than the Academy.” A 90th awards ceremony to remember.
“Get Out” making history
Jordan Peele (known for his roles on Comedy Central) took home the golden statue for best original screenplay, making him the first African American to win in this category. His speech is also worth noting, as he inspired millions to push past adversity: “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible…but I kept coming back to it.” And you can, too.
A la typical Jimmy Kimmel late night segments, there was a surprise celebrity crashing at the movie theater across from the Dolby Theater. Stars Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and more surprised “A Wrinkle in Time” fans who were simply enjoying a relaxing Sunday night at the theater. The movie stars handed out food to these surprised fans, making for a screening to remember for them.
A night for Hollywood’s females
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for best director, and although she lost, it was an important move in the right direction for the Academy. Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for best actress, using her acceptance speech to highlight all of the females in the industry in attendance, and asking them to stand.