2018 Oscars Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture and Best Director

2018 Oscars Winners
The cast and crew of Oscar-winning Best Picture ‘The Shape of Water’ (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

The Shape of Water was named Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars and Guillermo del Toro took home his first Academy Award as Best Director. The romantic fantasy was the night’s big winner, Get Out‘s Jordan Peele earned his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri claimed Oscars in the Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) categories.

Accepting his Best Director Oscar, Guillermo del Toro said, “I am an immigrant like Alfonso and Alejandro, my compadres. Like Gael, like Salma and like many, many of you. And in the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own. Part of it is here, part of it is in Europe, part of it is everywhere. Because I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”

Best Original Screenplay winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) thanked moviegoers who’ve supported the film and said, “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it.”

Sam Rockwell recalled a story from when he was a kid that illustrated his family’s love of films. “When I was eight years old, I was called into the principal’s office and my father was looking very solemn. And he said, ‘We gotta go, it’s Grandma.’ We got in the car and I said, ‘What’s wrong with Grandma.’ And he said, ‘Nothing, we going to the movies.’ My mom and dad’s love of movies became my love of movies, so thank you for that, Mom and Dad. I love you.”

Frances McDormand 2018 Oscars
Best Actress Oscar winner Frances McDormand (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

One of the night’s most memorable speeches was delivered by Best Actress winner Frances McDormand. Collecting her Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand called upon all of the women in attendance who were nominated in any category to stand up. After they stood, McDormand said, “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.”

(An inclusion rider is a legal statement an actor requests be put in their contract to guarantee gender and racial equality on the set.)

The 90th Academy Awards were held on Sunday, March 5, 2018 with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second consecutive year. ABC aired the live broadcast from Hollywood, with the show running 45 minutes over.

The 2018 Oscars – The Nominees and Winners:

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro

Actor in a Leading Role

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actor in a Supporting Role

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
WINNER: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actress in a Leading Role

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
WINNER: Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

WINNER: Call Me by Your Name – Screenplay by James Ivory
The Disaster Artist – Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan – Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly’s Game – Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound – Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Big Sick – Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
WINNER: Get Out – Written by Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – Written by Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water – Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Written by Martin McDonagh


WINNER: Blade Runner 2049 – Roger A. Deakins
Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound – Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
WINNER: Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul – Consolata Boyle

Documentary (Feature)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
WINNER: Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Documentary (Short Subject)

WINNER: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Film Editing

Baby Driver – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
WINNER: Dunkirk – Lee Smith
I, Tonya – Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Foreign Language Film

WINNER: A Fantastic Woman – Chile
The Insult – Lebanon
Loveless – Russia
On Body and Soul – Hungary
The Square – Sweden

Makeup and Hairstyling

WINNER: Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul – Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

Music (Original Score)

Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
WINNER: The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell

Music (Original Song)

Mighty River – from Mudbound; Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Mystery Of Love – from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
WINNER: Remember Me – from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
This Is Me – from The Greatest Showman; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049 – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Dunkirk – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
WINNER: The Shape of Water – Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

Short Film (Animated)

WINNER: Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Short Film (Live Action)

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
WINNER: The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Sound Editing

Baby Driver – Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
WINNER: Dunkirk – Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water – Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
WINNER: Dunkirk – Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo
The Shape of Water – Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

WINNER: Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist