Gold Derby editors and contributors can’t stifle what we think of every moment of the 2018 Oscars. Here are live musings on the best, worst and craziest moments of the free-wheeling 90th Academy Awards from Chris Beachum, Sam Eckmann, Charles Bright, David Buchanan, Marcus Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Tom O’Brien, Tony Ruiz, Paul Sheehan, Amanda Spears, and myself.
MATT NOBLE: And the Oscar season has a happily ever after for the adult fairytale.
DAVID BUCHANAN: Guillermo checking the Best Picture envelop before giving his acceptance speech is one of my favorite moments of the night!
MATT NOBLE: The most nominated film that won best director shouldn’t seem as shocking as Globes, SAG and BAFTA led many to believe.
ROBERT PIUS: The closeup of the Best Picture envelope and they announcement how it will be the next one opened was a nice touch. They know where it is this year!!
Best Picture -“The Shape of Water”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I for one am loving how many clips of the nominated films and performances they’re running. Show the audience what’s actually being honored because most of them won’t have seen the vast majority of these films.
CHRIS BEACHUM: For the life of me, I don’t know why producers wouldn’t play the iconic music from “Bonnie and Clyde” last year or this year for their entrance music.
MATT NOBLE: I reckon 5 Chris.
CHRIS BEACHUM: How many minutes should I wait before running predictions scores after the next envelope is opened?
MATT NOBLE: Love the close up of the envelope before they cut to the last ad break.
CHRIS BEACHUM: Actually I had high expectations for Frances given her history of being outspoken, and she somehow surpassed them. She had the greatest moment on stage of anybody tonight.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Frances McDormand gives Chris Beachum’s least favorite acceptance speech because she referenced the Winter Olympics.
JOYCE ENG: Frances giving Chloe Kim a shout-out is very on brand for me.
MATT NOBLE: Getting all female nominees to stand is the moment of the Oscars this year.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Another great pair of presenters: Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence poking fun at Meryl Streep.
Best Actress – Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Loved the crowd reaction — Denzel Washington is SO much happier for Gary Oldman than he was for Casey Affleck.
Best Actor – Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I’ve really been liking these montages of past acting winners. Great nod to history.
CHRIS BEACHUM: Just 3 categories to go and 13 minutes for their slot. It’s going to end right on time!
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: And Mexico is cleaning up tonight too with those “Coco” wins.
JOYCE ENG: Mexico has won four directing awards in five years!
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Guillermo Del Toro is one of the speeches of the night for me. Beautiful.
Best Director – Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.” All these presenters want to follow Natalie Portman at the Globes and I love it!
MATT NOBLE: Probably to not to draw attention to Casey Affleck not presenting Actress.
TONY RUIZ: Emma Stone presents Director and NOT Actor??? Weird!
MATT NOBLE: “Coco” also picks up a second win.
Best Original Song – “Remember Me, “Coco”
MATT NOBLE: “Shape of Water” earns their second win of the night.
Best Original Score – “The Shape of Water”
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: And the award for best performance ever on the Oscars stage goes to … Keala Settle!
AMANDA SPEARS: Even Blige has to give it up for Keala for “Greatest Showman!” Performance of the night.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Roger Deakins and Jordan Peele win. I think I can live with anything else that happens for the rest of the night with those two glorious awards.
ZACH LAWS: Roger Deakins… it’s about ****ing time!!!!
MATT NOBLE: Great first win for Roger’s 14th nomination.
Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Gotta say, I loved that Sandra Bullock intro for Best Cinematography. Funny and relevant to the category, with a shout-out to Rachel Morrison’s historic nomination.
MATT NOBLE: I wouldn’t still be so sure Daniel. I’m predicting “Shape of Water” but with two possible acting wins and a strong awards season I still wouldn’t count out “Billboards.”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: My thought was Original Screenplay would decide what the two-way race for Best Picture would be. It might now be between “Get Out” and “The Shape of Water.” Maybe. Still so hard to know for sure.
AMANDA SPEARS: The irony is he never won an Emmy for writing! Peele makes history as the first African American writer to win Original Screenplay
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I just slapped my knee so hard in glee at Jordan Peele’s win for “Get Out” that I might have a bruise in the morning.
MATT NOBLE: Jordan Peele: from “Mad TV” to Oscar winning screenwriter, for his witty and tense take on the horror genre. Best win of the night.
ROB LICURIA: Standing cheering ovation for Jordan Peele!
Best Original Screenplay – “Get Out”
ROB LICURIA: You’re right, Chris. But having her just mention the three previous films he’s been nominated for brought me to tears, films I love dearly.
CHRIS BEACHUM: Why didn’t they have the announcer say that James Ivory is now the oldest Oscar winner ever? Missed opportunity for the audience to go even crazier when they found out that fact.
Best Adapted Screenplay – “Call Me By Your Name”
CHARLES BRIGHT: What was the point of having all those people on stage who stood up for something if you’re not going to explain what they stood up for that merits being on stage for the song?
ROB LICURIA: What a fantastic performance by Andra Day and Common. Great song, great conviction. It should win.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Let this be a lesson to you all, if you watch all the nominated Oscar shorts, you too can go 0-for-3 predicting those categories just like I did!
ROB LICURIA: Man bun alert! “The Silent Child” a slight surprise.
Best Live Action Short – “The Silent Child”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I was sooooo close to predicting “Heaven is a Traffic Jam.” It’s so good.
Best Documentary Short – “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph presenting together was a delight. I want them on my fantasy show with Rita Moreno and Eva Marie Saint.
TONY RUIZ: That was chaos. It was messy. It was absolutely delightful.
CHRIS BEACHUM: The bus group last year was much, much better.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I was really worried that this movie theater bit would be just a repeat of last year’s tour group bit, but I’m really liking this. Kudos to Jimmy Kimmel, who does this audience interaction stuff so well.
CHRIS BEACUM: Great idea! Go visit a theater full of people who would rather watch a movie than the Oscars.
TOM O’BRIEN: OK, who has “mingling again with moviegoers” in their Goldderby predictions?
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: Jimmy is trying his own version of Ellen’s Oscar selfie with this movie theater visit. Here’s hoping it pans out!
MATT NOBLE: Expected shame to see “Baby Driver” shut out but “Dunkirk” deserved its wins.
TOM O’NEIL: I was a fool to predict Baby Driver would win editing. Damn you, BAFTA!
ROB LICURIA: Lee Smith finally win an Oscar!
Best Film Editing – “Dunkirk”
TOM O’BRIEN: This win makes me a lot more hopeful for Roger Deakins finally winning an Oscar.
Best Visual Effects – “Blade Runner 2049”
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: So far the best speech of the night belongs to Allison Janney, but something tells me Frances McDormand’s upcoming speech will have us all talking tomorrow.
CHRIS BEACHUM: Just to let all of you know if you haven’t heard, “Roseanne” is returning to ABC this month.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Maybe Sufjan Stevens cut the song short because he’s trying to win the jet ski.
CHARLES BRIGHT: I feel kind of cheated by the Sufjan Stevens performance. I was really looking forward to the rest of the song before it ended so abruptly.
ROB LICURIA: I’m a long time fan of Sufjan Stevens and so it made me so happy to see and hear him perform the beautiful “Mystery of Love” at the Oscars. Bravo!
CHARLES BRIGHT: Love that when Lee Unkrich saluted the country of Mexico, they cut to Guillermo from “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
MATT NOBLE: If “Coco” wasn’t animated it would have been in the Best Picture race. Great to see it win.
Best Animated Feature – “Coco”
MATT NOBLE: If an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony is an EGOT, what’s an Oscar and a NBA championship ring?
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Get ready for about 1,000 uncomfortable think-pieces on Monday morning about Kobe Bryant and Hollywood’s inconsistent support of the #MeToo movement.
Best Animated Short – “Dear Basketball”
ROBERT PIUS: Yeah for Janney mentioning Joanne Woodward. One of the all time great actresses who seems in danger of being forgotten.
CHRIS BEACHUM: I’m really glad Lesley was able to be there. The early word was that her stage play in London would keep her for attending.
JOYCE ENG: Which star from The Help will win an Oscar next?
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: Allison Janney just killed it! Can we give her an Oscar for winning an Oscar?
CHRIS BEACHUM: Gold Derby has interviewed Janney more than any other actor or actress EVER! She is as gracious, funny and nice as you would expect.
MATT NOBLE: Seeing Janney win an Oscar is divine. One of the greatest drama, comedy, tv and film actors of the past 20 years. However Metcalfe was equally deserving and a shame to think about “Lady Bird” possibly leaving the Oscars without a win.
TOM O’BRIEN: “I did it all by myself.” Line of the night!
AMANDA SPEARS: I love how happy everyone is for each other. Seeing Spencer cheer for Janney is just great!
ROB LICURIA: Supporting Actress was such a killer category. Happy for Allison, love Laurie. But holy hell, I could watch that clip of Lesley Manville daily. Goosebumps!
Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
TOM O’NEIL: The stage set is so gawdy that I love it. Looks like a giant disco ball smashed down from heaven.
ROB LICURIA: So, was that 1 or 2 of Trump’s “sh**hole countries” in that Best Foreign Language Film list? Congratulations to Chile making their own film history tonight.
Best Foreign Language Film – “A Fantastic Woman”
CHRIS BEACHUM: Eva, Rita and Helen Mirren — the new Golden Girls.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Can we get a “Grace and Frankie” spin-off starring Rita Moreno and Eva Marie Saint?
TOM O’NEIL: It’s insulting for Kimmel to keep pressing winners to cut short their time at the podium. Why? To make more time for the gawd-awful banter of the presenters?
CHRIS BEACHUM: That “Coco” performance was one of the worst I’ve seen on the Oscars in years.
TONY RUIZ: There’s a nostalgic aspect to this ceremony, and it’s cemented by this beautiful number.
ROB LICURIA: I thought it was just OK. Didn’t lift the roof off the house like “This is Me” should.
TONY RUIZ: I wonder if Trump would refer to this as a “s—hole musical number.
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: The rest of the Oscars should be all “Coco,” all the time. That performance was spectacular!
CHRIS BEACHUM: Ryan Gosling had to be very happy hearing Gael sing on the ceremony tonight. There should be nobody ever criticizing Ryan’s singing again.
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: Tom, tell us how you REALLY feel!
TOM O’NEIL: The scripted banter at the podium is consistently awful — even painful to watch Laura Dern, Armie Hammer, Lupita squirm while being forced to utter such drivel.
MATT NOBLE: More than half of the Best Picture contenders now how won an Oscar.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Anyone else notice how HUGE the category font is on those envelopes? That wanted to make sure Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty couldn’t miss it I guess.
Best Production Design – “The Shape of Water”
MATT NOBLE: Nanjiani and Nyong’o were great presenters mixing humour and importance.
JOYCE ENG: Also here for Lupita Nyong’o’s reading glasses.
MATT NOBLE: “Dunkirk” becomes the first film to win multiple Oscars this year.
Best Sound Mixing – “Dunkirk”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: The stars of “Baby Driver” give Best Sound Editing to … “Dunkirk”! Why do they have people present awards where their films are nominated?
Best Sound Editing – “Dunkirk”
CHRIS BEACHUM: Ansel Elgort should ABSOLUTELY NOT be presenting categories his movie “Baby Driver” is nominated for. This should never, ever, ever happen on any category. I hate it!!
ROB LICURIA: Incredible opening montage commemorating 90 years of going to the movies, with the incomparable Hans Zimmer “Interstellar” score playing over part of it. Some of my fave movie moments in there too. Hopeful, positive, heartfelt. Heaven.
AMANDA SPEARS: Blige might not win but she sang her heart out and enjoyed the moment!
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: Taraji’s sister Mary J. Blige is KILLING this song from “Mudbound!” I predict she’ll be famous in a few years.
TOM O’BRIEN: I especially love docs in which the filmmakers have one thing in mind, but the facts lead them elsewhere. And they follow the facts. That’s great documentary filmmaking. So happy for the brave filmmakers of “Icarus.”
TOM O’NEIL: Anybody who got “Icarus” right deserves the bragging rights. The win seems so logical in retrospect.
MATT NOBLE: Icarus gets the Mueller bump. And perhaps the Gold Derby bump. One of the contenders to talk with us.
TONY RUIZ: Icarus winning shows that Netflix nominees win! Gerwig so desperately wanted to present that award to Agnes Varda, who is one of Gerwig’s heroes.
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: I was predicting “Icarus” for much of the season but switched to “Faces Places” because I followed the herd. Next year I’m gonna stick to my guns!
SAM ECKMANN: Whoever thought to pair Laura Dern and Greta Gerwig together as presenters deserves an Oscar.
Best Documentary Feature – “Icarus”
JOYCE ENG: Here for Laura Dern’s reading glasses
ROB LICURIA: Costumes should’ve been “Beauty and the Beast.”
ZACH LAWS: Um… “Phantom Thread” had the best costumes EVER!!!
MATT NOBLE: Three categories and three best picture nominees have a win under their belts.
MARCUS JAMES DIXON: I’ll just say it. “Phantom Thread” did NOT have the best costumes of the year. But still happy that it won.
JOYCE ENG: Can Eva Marie Saint stay on stage the rest of the show?
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I love Eva Marie Saint presenting an award. What a great nod to history, and how vital and poised she still seems even though she is, as she said, older than the Oscars.
Best Costume Design – “Phantom Thread”
MARCUS DIXON: Can we just stop the Oscars right now while everyone is still at 100% accuracy? Thanks.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – “Darkest Hour”
TONY RUIZ: Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot. Is there an Oscar for most beautiful presenters?
ROB LICURIA: Although the Sam Rockwell win was a bit anti-climactic, his speech was just beautiful. Funny, fast paced, heartfelt. I’ve loved his work for years and I’m so happy he’s finally an Oscar winner!
CHRIS BEACHUM: I absolutely hate it when a winner pulls out a piece of paper to read. But Sam made it work and did an excellent job!
JOYCE ENG: Find someone who looks at you the way Frances McDormand looks at Sam Rockwell.
MATT NOBLE: Sam is not winning the ski jet or whatever with a speech that long.
AMANDA SPEARS: Harrelson is a class act to give Rockwell such a big hug of congratulations!
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
SAM ECKMANN: I don’t know why Viola is presenting on the set of Phantom of the Opera but I’m here for it
MATT NOBLE: Oh I really hope Gary Oldman wins the jet ski
ROB LICURIA: This set is incredible. Just stunning.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I like this Jimmy Kimmel monologue, low-key, earnest, setting the right tone on the issues of gender and harassment, gently poking fun in a good-natured way. I really feel like Kimmel could be the next Billy Crystal.
Jimmy Kimmel has taken the stage for his second year as Oscar host
SAM ECKMANN: living for this red carpet Practical Magic reunion with Sandra and Nicole. Sequel please!
CHARLES BRIGHT: I just saw a picture of Adam Rippon on the red carpet and I’m wondering if he got lost on the way to the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.
ANDREW CARDEN: What a delight seeing the incomparable Rita Moreno on the red carpet – LOVED her anecdote about thinking Judy Garland would defeat her on Oscar night!