The best Kimmel zingers from the opening monologue

The late-night host also referenced the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled Hollywood, mentioning disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein by name and saying he deserved to be expelled from the academy most of all. Affleck was sued for sexual harassment on the set of his film, I'm Still Here, by two different women in 2010; he has denied the allegations, and both suits were settled out of court.

The Shape Of Water leads the nominations at the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with 13 nods.

2002 - Halle Berry becomes the first, and still the only black woman, to receive a best actress Oscar, dedicating her award to "every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened".

Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson win Best Animated Film Oscar for Coco.

Our exclusive odds - which are based on Oscar predictions by 30 expert journalists, our in-house team of 8 editors and thousands of readers - are predicting that "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" will win Best Picture. They'll be joined by newcomer actor Wesam Keesh (ABC's upcoming legal drama "For the People"). It is the only time a film from the silent era won best picture, with the award going to World War One romance "Wings".

In preparation for Hollywood's biggest night, I thought I'd go back and look at some of the early roles of some of 2018's acting awards nominees.

1939 - The academy officially begins using the nickname "Oscar" for its awards.

He also addressed his 98-year-old mother, who he said was watching the ceremony from her sofa. "Kind of all you need to know", Kimmel said. Put the kettle on. I will be pleased to see teen girls taken seriously and for "Lady Bird" to take home the Oscar. " And as for The Shape of Water?". The film is directed and partially written by Guillermo del Toro who directed the "Hellboy" films in 2004 as well as "Pacific Rim" in 2013. This year's nominees include Hollywood veterans like Paul Thomas Anderson and Meryl Streep, as well as new talent breaking ground in several categories.

Casey Affleck, who under normal circumstances-as the victor of last year's Best Actor Oscar-would have been invited to present the award for Best Actress, did not attend the ceremony.

Janney, as widely expected, won her first Oscar as the demanding and abusive mother to Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the mockumentary I, Tonya. The recent Golden Globes saw a blackout of sorts in support of the Me Too and Time's Up movements. I found myself in a situation at the N.B.A. "Nothing further from the truth". One new voter told Vulture, "I had multiple conversations [about Get Out]with longtime Academy members who were like, 'That was not an Oscar film.' And I'm like, 'That's bullshit. Except at the White House, Hope [Hicks] quit on Wednesday".

Sam Rockwell won it for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Oscar Awards 2018 are now happening at the Dolby Theatres in Los Angeles.

"Over the course of this evening, I hope you will listen to many fearless and outspoken supporters of movements like #MeToo and Time's Up and Never Again, because what they are doing is important", he said. He is literally a statue of limitations.

Today, the Oscars roll out, and the Academy decides between a romance between a fish-man and a mute woman, or people in a small town being just completely terrible to each other.

The incident refers to the time when the incorrect envelope was handed to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for 2017's Best Picture award.

In a similar vein, rap artist Common and singer Andra Day brought the leaders of various activist movements, including #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, onstage for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something".

And celebrities ranging from director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani spoke in a video segment about attempts to smash barriers in the industry around racism, sexism and prejudice against gays and lesbians.

"What's happening is the filmmakers working on these stories are actually getting into Hollywood", said Ford.

  • Kyle Peterson