Gold Derby’s editors are still picking our jaws off the floor after Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, in which Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape of Water” took down Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery and Joyce Eng analyze the winners and losers and critique the show in our morning-after slugfest. Watch the video above or listen to the audio podcast version below.
“Thank God they’re over,” declares Tom about this seemingly never-ending awards season that culminated with the 90th Oscars on ABC. “It was a surprising show in that there was a return to prediction normalcy. ‘Shape of Water’ won. It was the least divisive film. We now have the movie with the most nominations winning again. We now have Best Picture and Best Director lining up again, like in the old days.”
Daniel earns bragging rights for sticking with “The Shape of Water” in his predictions despite everyone else switching to “Three Billboards,” explaining, “Everyone kind of followed BAFTA. And so while ‘Three Billboards’ had as much if not more going for it than ‘Shape of Water,’ BAFTA was not something I was gonna use to sway me.”
Marcus regrets switching from “Icarus” to “Faces Places” for Best Documentary Feature, admitting, “I had ‘Icarus’ forever for several reasons. It’s timely, it’s about the anti-Russian animosity that’s going on, it’s about the Olympics, and it was just a really good documentary. I followed the herd — I went with ‘Faces Places’ just like everyone else in the world was and I missed that.”
“I went in a little skeptical,” Chris confesses about ABC’s telecast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. “Looking at the presenter list on Friday I just thought, there’s nobody here that excites me all that much. You had some legends, but they weren’t top-of-the-line legends like Jack Nicholson. But I was impressed with the show. It was a very good-looking show.”
Sheehan was also keen on the ceremony, adding, “I liked the little short academy films. What was so nice was acknowledging the past winners in the preview clips for the four acting races. It was just nice to see.” However, he notes, “The reviews today for the telecast are pretty downbeat. I guess I was watching a different Oscars!”
Joye reminds us that this year’s group of acting winners — Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) — is the second oldest of all time. “The oldest is the class of ’81, because you had three 70-somethings winning and a 56-year-old. So this class is the second oldest because they average 56.5 years.”