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#MeToo, Dreamers, Trump and Kobe: Key Oscar moments

The movement against sexual harassment took a starring role Sunday at the first Oscars since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse revelations, with the awards gala often known for its frivolity taking a serious turn

AFP, Hollywood, California

Greta Gerwig, the only woman who was nominated this year for best director, for Lady Bird, appealed to viewers to write more films.

“Go make your movie. We need your movie. I need your movie,” she said.

Kumail Nanjiani, the Pakistani-born comic who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the autobiographical The Big Sick, said that “some of my favorite movies are by straight white dudes about straight white dudes.”

“Now you can watch movies with me and relate to them. It’s not that hard. I’ve done it my entire life,” he said.


Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant — once the toast of Los Angeles for the Lakers — is now a Hollywood A-lister with an Oscar. Nearly two years after leaving the NBA, the 39-year-old Bryant won the Academy Award for best animated short on Sunday for Dear Basketball, a collaboration with artist Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams.

But his honor clashed with the tone of the evening. He was arrested in 2003 over the alleged rape of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado.

Bryant admitted to a sexual encounter, but insisted it was consensual. The criminal case was dropped when the accuser refused to testify, but Bryant faced a civil suit. As part of an out-of-court settlement, he publicly apologized to his accuser, but admitted no guilt.


The focus on the #MeToo movement had one unintended consequence — it put less attention on President Donald Trump, who has been roundly criticized by the entertainment world since his unlikely rise to power.

But there were still some jabs at Trump. The rapper Common added a pointed message as he and Andra Day performed their song from Marshall, a biopic on Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the Supreme Court.

“A president that trolls with hate / He don’t control our fate / Because God is great,” Common rapped in the song Stand Up for Something.

Common also shouted out to the nearly 700,000 “Dreamers,” young immigrants who face deportation from the US.

“It all means nothing if you don’t stand up for something / And I stand up for you / We stand up for the Dreamers / We stand up for the immigrants,” Common rapped.

List of winners

for the 90th Academy Awards presented Sunday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Directing: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro.

Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman, Chile.

Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name

Original Screenplay: Get Out

Production Design: The Shape of Water

Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Original Score: The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat.

Original Song: Remember Me from Coco

Documentary Feature: Icarus

Documentary (short subject): Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Film Editing: Dunkirk

Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour

Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball

Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child

Animated Feature Film: Coco

Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049

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