And sure, Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster's double act presenting best actress was fun, but it also reminded us that last year's best actor victor Casey Affleck had to withdraw under his own cloud of harassment allegations. The winners told a slightly different story. Others, like Lee Smith, who won for Dunkirk's editing, were just happy to be recognized.
The night's big victor, "The Shape of Water", wasn't a blockbuster, but it did bring in a respectable $57 million at the box office for the best gross by a Best Picture recipient in five years.
The fantastical tale of a mute woman falling in love with a sea creature in "The Shape of Water" won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday, and people had a lot to say about that.
"But I thought the Mike Pence stuff, the Fox News stuff, but it all feels so political all the time and it feels very anti-Trump and anti-Republican", she continued. Likewise, Frances McDormand collected her second Oscar for her work in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", which closed out the year trailing the Churchill biopic by some $3.4 million in ticket sales. Gary Oldman, winning best actor for Darkest Hour, quipped, "I'm not going to get the ski" amid his rambling speech. I am so delighted to see genre filmmakers win big.
Villeneuve also got a shout-out onstage from Roger Deakins as he accepted the Oscar for best cinematography on "Blade Runner 2049".
Best foreign language film went to Chile's "A Fantastic Woman", Sebastian Lelio's drama starring transgender actress Daniela Vega.
"Thank you to the academy". But listening to award show acceptance speeches is excruciating, and more so when you never heard of the people and they still choose to drone on and on. The warmth in the room at Hollywood & Highland was palpable as he won the Oscar for Best Director, the fifth Latin American to do so, and celebrated four Oscar wins for the outsider fairy tale, the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar since "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" in 2004. "WTF?!?" tweeted Jordan Peele after receiving the best original screenplay award for Get Out.
Peele said he stopped writing it "20 times", skeptical that it would ever get made. I support female equality as much as the next fella, but like gun control and the state of government, save it for another time. Having someone to look up to is the key to believing one can achieve greatness, he explained in Spanish: "The role model that one has as a young person is someone in your profession, and what's handsome to me is that you can choose your role model".
Even McDormand used her moment on stage to make a statement on behalf of women. "I was actually disappointed", she said.
James Ivory received the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "Call Me by Your Name", which played the Ross earlier this year, and three of the awards, including Kobe Bryant's Oscar for "Dear Basketball", were in the short film categories - animation, live action and documentary.
"Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".
Everyone seemed to take this moment of an industry in flux to heart.
On a serious note, Kimmel declared, "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore".