News ID: 211124
Published: 0341 GMT March 05, 2018
Oscar winners announced

Two Iranians shine but behind the scene

Two Iranians shine but behind the scene
Guillermo del Toro, winner of Best Director and Best Picture awards for 'The Shape of Water', poses in the press room during the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, the US, March 4, 2018.

'The Shape of Water', a whimsical science-fiction fable set during the Cold War, won best picture at an Academy Awards fueled by stirring calls for a more inclusive Hollywood.

In speech after speech, Oscar winners and presenters paid tribute to the #MeToo movement, rallied for racial diversity and pushed for gender equality, wrote.

"The greatest thing that art does — and that our industry does — is erase lines in the sand," said Guillermo del Toro, who won for directing 'The Shape of Water'. He is the third Mexican filmmaker to win that honor, following his pals Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.

'Shape' also picked up honors for its production design and score. The movie stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls in love with a mutant amphibian held captive at the laboratory where she works.

'The Silent Child', directed by Chris Overton and photographed by award-winning Iranian cinematographer Ali Farahani, won an Oscar for best live action short film at the 2018 Academy Awards.

While Iran did not have any representatives in this year's Academy Awards, the two Iranians had a share in the Oscar celebration. 'The Silent Child' is a British short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton, and directed by Chris Overton. It was photographed by award-winning Iranian cinematographer Ali Farahani, while Amir Sadeghi Konjani composed the film music.

Farahani participated in the ceremony but the latter, Konjani, had announced that because of biased behaviors of US officials against Iranians, he would not attend the ceremony.

Farahani's next projects include feature film 'Dead Man Walking', directed by Richard Taylor, which will begin production in London by February, as well as a short romance, 'A Glimpse', directed by Tom Turner and produced by Rebecca Harris.

'The Silent Child' writer Rachel Shenton signed along to her acceptance speech when she won the Oscar for live-action short film.

Joined onstage by the director, Overton, also her fiancé, Shenton said she promised their six-year-old lead actress Maisie Sly that she'd do it.

"Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. It's not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie. This is happening. Millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers and particularly access to education," Shenton said.

The emcee, Jimmy Kimmel, opened the show with pointed one-liners about the recent upheaval in Hollywood, from the fall of producer Harvey Weinstein to debates over pay inequities.

He set aside the snark for an earnest appeal for safer workplaces: "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example."

In one of the most powerful moments of the night, three actresses who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct — Ashley Judd, Anabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek — took to the stage at Dolby Theater in Hollywood and received a standing ovation.

"We work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality," Judd said. "That's what this year has promised us."

The trio introduced a video segment about #MeToo that featured clips from barrier-breaking projects like the empowering superhero epic 'Wonder Woman' and the racial satire 'Get Out'.

Jordan Peele made history as the first African-American to earn an Oscar for best original screenplay, winning for his script to 'Get Out' — a box-office smash he also directed.

Peele said he was uncertain the movie would ever get off the ground, but "I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it".

"I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie," Peele added.

The acting awards went to stars who were widely predicted to get the gold: Frances McDormand (lead actress, 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'), Gary Oldman (lead actor, 'Darkest Hour'), Allison Janney (supporting actress, 'I, Tonya'), and Sam Rockwell (supporting actor, 'Three Billboards').

In her acceptance speech, McDormand asked all the woman nominees in the audience to stand.

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing," McDormand said to wild applause. "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider."

A pair of film industry veterans won long-awaited honors.

James Ivory, a titan of international art-house cinema, won best adapted screenplay for the tender love story 'Call Me by Your Name'. Ivory, 89, is the oldest Oscar winner ever.

Roger Deakins, a 14-time nominee, won his first Oscar for his cinematography on the science-fiction sequel 'Blade Runner 2049'. Rachel Morrison, who photographed 'Mudbound', became the first woman nominated in that category.

'Dunkirk', an intense World War II drama that earned more money than the nine other best picture contenders, took home three prizes in technical categories — editing, sound editing and sound design.

Kimmel made light of last year's envelope fiasco, when 'Bonnie and Clyde' co-stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope and incorrectly announced 'La La Land' as best picture. The actual winner: 'Moonlight'.


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