WELL another awards season has come to an end. The 90th Academy Awards were held on Sunday and as per usual, I watched with eager anticipation to see if my picks would win out.

I think I actually did pretty well this year, considering I accurately guessed 16 of the 24 categories correctly (although to be fair, my sister beat me with her 18 correct picks).

The telecast itself was fine; it had a few good laugh-out-loud moments thanks to returning host Jimmy Kimmel. That being said, I did feel that the show definitely played it safe. There were still some great moments, though, and most of the acceptance speeches included positive messages of inclusivity, representation and humble thanks.

Also, returning presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the winner of best picture without error, as opposed to last year’s kerfuffle.

As for the awards, I was very happy with how things turned out for the most part. There were no surprises in the acting categories, with the supporting actor and leading actress performances going to Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand for their roles in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Allison Janney’s supporting role in I, Tonya and Gary Oldman’s leading role in Darkest Hour also took home Oscars.

The technical awards all went to very deserving recipients. Dunkirk took home three Oscars for editing, sound mixing and sound editing, makeup and hairstyling went to Darkest Hour and costume design went to Phantom Thread.

I was elated to see Blade Runner 2049 get some recognition as well, for both visual effects and cinematography; finally Roger Deakins took home that elusive Oscar. My biggest complaint about this year’s nominations is that Blade Runner 2049 wasn’t nominated for more.

Coco took home best animated feature and best original song, which it most definitely deserved. One of the night’s biggest moments came when Jordan Peele won best original screenplay for his film Get Out; according to the telecast, Peele was the first person in 90 years to be nominated for best director, best writer and best picture in the same year. Call Me By Your Name won best adapted screenplay, nabbing the statue for James Ivory.

Interestingly, I was absolutely thrilled to get my pick for best picture wrong. I thought that Three Billboards was going to take the award, but in my heart I wanted The Shape of Water to win.

Much to my delight, it did win! The Shape of Water was the most-nominated film this year with a total of 13 nominations. Not only did it claim the title of Best Picture of the year, it also took home statues for production design, original score, and best director for Guillermo del Toro, who is one of my heroes.

I know a lot of people find the Oscars dull, and I would agree that there is definitely some room for tweaking the awards, but as someone who watches as many movies as I do (and not to mention writes about them in the newspaper), I can honestly say that Oscar Sunday is my Super Bowl Sunday and I look forward to it every year.

I am very glad that this year saw some of my favourites get the recognition I feel they deserved.

Ryan Mackett is an artist and film enthusiast who resides in Thunder Bay. Email questions or comments to him at tbaymovieguy@gmail.com.

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