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Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman named best actor for 'Darkest Hour'

06 March 2018

I've lived in America for the longest time and I am deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me - my home, my livelihood, my family and now Oscar.

The other Best Actor nominees included Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, and Denzel Washington.

Jena Friedman tweeted "Give it up for Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant, for proving that men with domestic violence or sexual assault accusations can still accomplish anything". "I've got to thank my wife more than anyone, because unlike the men, you can't wear the same thing twice".

And Kobe Bryant, another first-time victor, took home the trophy for best animated short with Dear Basketball, a six-minute film based on a poem Bryant wrote in 2015 announcing his retirement from the NBA.

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Two Oscar winners went beyond the usual thank you's of publicists, moms, dads and directors to thank some four-legged and winged friends. "All the Money in the World" was nominated for best supporting actor for Christopher Plummer, the replacement for Kevin Spacey, who was accused of sexual assault.

"A Fantastic Woman", Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman, played by transgender actress Daniela Vega, won best foreign language film, and Mexican-inspired "Coco" was named best animated feature. The first Oscar of the night was awarded in the Best Supporting Actor category to Sam Rockwell for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri".

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The DGA win makes del Toro a front-runner for best director for "The Shape of Water". Best Original Music Score and Production Design weren't the last trophies which "The Shape of Water" collected that night. Officials noted that Cullinan was frequently on his cell phone backstage, even snapping a photo of best-actress victor Emma Stone as she walked off stage - around the time he should have been handing the best-picture envelope to Beatty. "The King's Speech" stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter claimed BAFTAs while Oscar went with frontrunners and "The Fighter" co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, the latter of whom wasn't nominated at BAFTA. And Casey Affleck, who was essentially blacklisted from this year's ceremony although he was lauded last year in spite of having settled a pair of nasty sexual harassment suits. If Greta Gerwig takes home the gong for Lady Bird, her solo directorial debut, she would be only the second woman to do so since the first Academy Awards in 1929.

Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman named best actor for 'Darkest Hour'