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The first double EGOT and more: All of the the highlights and history-making moments of the 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards took place last night, and it was a magical night.

Jimmy Kimmel took on hosting duties for the second year in a row, and let's just say things went much more smoothly this time than the last. Because it was such a milestone event, the ceremony went for a more "Classic Hollywood" feeling, celebrating the decades of winners with montages, bringing back Hollywood legends like Rita Moreno and Eva Marie Saint, and keeping the night rather safe and classy in terms of the comedy segments. Our favourite gag of the night was "The Price is Right" inspired competition, where the person with the shortest speech would go on to win a jet ski. This went to Mark Bridges, who won for his costume design on Phantom Thread

Our favourite presenters of the night, and maybe the people who could host next years event, were Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph. This pair stole the show when they presented together for the categories of Best Animated and Live Action Short films, and we need to see them work together ASAP. This could definitely happen sooner rather than later, as director Paul Thomas Anderson famously said that he wants to work with Haddish on his next film, and Maya Rudolph is his partner. Please, film gods, let this happen.

In terms of the actual awards, last night we saw a lot of outstanding talents earn the top prize in their industry. No matter how you feel about their performances, it was awesome to see people like Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney win Oscars. They each won in the Best Supporting categories, Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Janney for I, Tonya. While neither of these actors were our choice to win (we wanted to see Willem Dafoe take it for The Florida Project and Laurie Metcalf win for Lady Bird), both actors have been underrated for too long, so seeing them at the top of their game was truly inspiring.

Gary Oldman took home Best Actor for portraying Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her fierce performance as a mother who is seeking justice for the death of her daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand's speech was one of the best moments of the night, as she encouraged all of the nominated women to stand up, declaring that they are all people with stories to tell -- that women's voices need to be heard in this industry. She then threw out a phrase that many had never heard before, "inclusion rider", which you likely googled last night. We've learned that it means "a clause in an actor’s contract that requires the cast and crew be diverse in order to retain the actor." Now that the world knows that this is a tool to utilize, it will hopefully help with equal representation in film, which was undoubtedly a major conversation piece at the Oscars.

No film swept the night, and it was nice to see the prizes more evenly divided by some of the best films of the year. It was pretty awesome to see cinematographer Roger Deakins win his first Oscar after being nominated 14 times. Blade Runner 2049 took home two prizes last night, Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Dunkirk took home three Oscars, for its Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing. Get Out won for Best Original Screenplay, making it the first horror film to ever win in this category, and making Jordan Peele the first black person to ever win in this category as well. Call Me By Your Name won for Best Adapted Screenplay, making James Ivory the oldest person to ever win a competitive Oscar. If any film was overlooked last night, it was Lady Bird, which went home empty-handed. 

One of our favourite animated films in recent memory, Coco, took home two Oscars. One for best Animated Feature, and also for Best Original Song, "Remember Me". One of the writers of this song, Robert Lopez, became the first person to ever be a double EGOT winner, meaning he has now won two Emmys, three Grammys, two Oscars and two Tonys. Incredible.

The big winner of the night was The Shape of Water. Taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. We're extra proud of this film because of the Canadian connection, it was shot in Toronto and the crew was largely Canadian. Guillermo Del Toro is the third Mexican winner of the Best Director prize in the last 5 years, joining his good friends Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu

And just like that, another awards season has come and gone. For the full list of this year's Oscar winners, click here!

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