90th Oscars dance between honoring and correcting the past


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 90th Oscars dance between honoring and correcting the past

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          But Gerwig's "Lady Bird" left empty handed, Rachel Morrison did not become the first female cinematography winner (the long-snubbed Roger Deakins got that honor finally for "Blade Runner 2049" after 14 nominations) and Ford was not the first transgender Oscar-winner.

          There were glimpses of progress, in Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," which starred the transgender actress Daniela Vega, won best foreign film. Disney and Pixar's celebration of Mexican culture, "Coco," took best animated feature, as well as best song for "Remember Me."

          "The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico," said director Lee Unkrich to loud applause. "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters."

          And Jordan Peele became the first African-American to win best original screenplay for his horror sensation "Get Out."

          Peele said he stopped writing it "20 times," skeptical that it would ever get made.

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

          Even McDormand used her moment on stage to make a statement on behalf of women.

          "If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees stand with me," McDormand said.

          "We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she added, before uttering the phrase "inclusion rider," referring to actors signing contracts that mandate a film's gender and racial inclusivity.

          Everyone seemed to take this moment of an industry in flux to heart.

          "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore," said Kimmel at the show's start. "The world is watching us."

          Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of "The Shape of Water" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

          And indeed as the last show in this very long season, made even longer thanks to the Olympics, and with an unprecedented pressure to address all the ills of society and 90 years of movies it was perhaps always going to be too big a feat for one group of entertainers to tackle in a single nearly four-hour production.

          There's only so much they can do, after all, and there is no one like Kimmel to remind everyone that it is still the movie industry.

          In an aside about the pay disparity between Mark Walhberg and Michelle Williams for "All the Money in the World" reshoots, Kimmel said upon discovering that both actors were represented by the same talent agency that, "This one shook me."

          "If we can't trust agents, who can we trust?"

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          AP Film Writer Jake Coyle and writers Andrew Dalton, Nicole Evatt, Sandy Cohen and Kristin M. Hall contributed to this report.

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          For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason

          By: Associated Press

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