Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water wins Best Picture, Guillermo Del Toro Best Director
The Shape of Water has taken out Best Picture for the 2018 Oscars. Director Guillermo Del Toro also claimed the Best Directing award.
Frances McDormand has won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
During her speech, she took the opportunity to ask all female Oscar nominees to "stand with me".
"We all have stories to tell," she said.
Presenter Jimmy Kimmel praised McDormand's speech as "Oscar win worthy".
"I wish I was a woman, I really do...," he said of the speech.
Gary Oldman has won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Darkest Hour.
Earlier, Australian Lee Smith has won best film editing for his work on World War II drama Dunkirk.
Guillermo Del Toro took out the prize for Best Director for The Shape of Water.Presented by Margot Robbie, the Australian actress introduced the nominations with: "These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year".
Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win the Best Original Screenplay award for Get Out.
Allison Janney took home the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in I, Tonya, which her Australian co-star - Margot Robbie - is also nominated for in the best actress category.
Sam Rockwell won the Oscar for best-supporting actor for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The dark comedy is in pole position for the most prestigious prizes, although fairytale romance The Shape of Water leads the overall charge with 13 nominations on a night expected to highlight Tinseltown's campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality.
Meanwhile, best documentary feature went to Icarus - which focuses on Russia's Olympics doping scandal.
Hollywood was sprinkled with stardust on Sunday as the movie industry's A-listers came out for the Oscars, hosted by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel.
Kimmel targeted disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein following dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct "was long overdue", along with the demise of numerous other Tinseltown figures caught up in the scandal.
"We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example," he said.
"And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go."
Kimmel highlighted a number of milestones, including the oldest acting nominee, 88-year-old Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) and the debut film of Jordan Peele, who was nominated for best directing, producing and writing for his hit racial satire Get Out.
"If you are a nominee tonight who isn't making history, shame on you," he joked.
But the host highlighted the work of the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality, pointing out that only 11 per cent of movies are made by women.
"We will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish," he joked, in a reference to the plot of Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.
Hollywood is set for a real-life cliffhanger Sunday at the Oscars - the race for best picture is coming down to the Three Billboards has begun to pull away in late betting for the industry's biggest prize, but Oscarologists believe The Shape of Water and socially-conscious horror movie Get Out will make it a photo finish.
"I don't remember a year with so much uncertainty. There are at least four strong possibilities to win," Variety's awards editor Tim Gray told AFP, adding Christopher Nolan's sweeping war epic Dunkirk to the mix.
"I'm guessing that The Shape of Water will win, but that's just a guess."
The 90th Academy Awards will be beamed live around the world by ABC from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.
The show caps a difficult few months during which the industry has declared war on the pervasive culture of sexual impropriety unearthed by the downfall of movie mogul and alleged serial sex attacker Mr Weinstein.
With the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality dominating the 2018 awards circuit, this year's Oscars gala is seen as an opportunity for Tinseltown to support female filmmaking.
Winners so far
Best actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Makeup and hairstyling: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour
Costume design: Mark Bridges, Phantom Bridges
Documentary feature: Icarus
Sound editing: Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk
Sound mixing: Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten, Dunkirk
Production design: Paul Denham Austerberry (production design), Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin (set decoration), The Shape of Water
Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Animated Feature: Coco
Visual Effects: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049
Film Editing: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Live Action Short: Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, The Silent Child
Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape Of Water
Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Original Song: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Remeber Me (Coco)
Directing: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape Of Water