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Kimmel, with stopwatch in hand, also emphasized keeping acceptance speeches short. Lelio called Vega the inspiration for the film.

By one study's findings, Weinstein was thanked more often than God in acceptance speeches. Lelio also noted that the film “was made by a lot of friends and artists and I share this with all of you.” Sony Pictures Classics has domestic. Movie attendance also hit a 24-year low in 2017. The night's acting honors are considered fairly locked for nominees, and the first award of the evening - as expected - went to Rockwell for his supporting performance as a dimwitted and racist police officer in Martin McDonagh's darkly comic revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.". In the film, Vega plays Marina, a waitress and singer in a relationship with an older, divorced man. The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, was placed front-and-center, at the Dolby Theatre. His next movie to release is the English-language Disobedience. But Kimmel introduced the broadcast as "a night for positivity.". It's the first feature film Oscar for Netflix. Her battles with prejudice are evoked in surrealistic scenes in the movie, reminiscent of Latin America’s literary tradition of magical realism. Yet the #MeToo movement is sure to have a prominent place in the awards.

The Academy Awards were moved a week later this year because of the Olympics. "Boys Don't Cry" and "The Danish Girl" also featured transgender protagonists, but they were played by cisgender actors Hilary Swank and Eddie Redmayne, respectively. ", Looks in neutrals, reds and purples brought the drama Sunday on the Oscars carpet at Hollywood's biggest fashion show.Salma Hayek looked like exotic royalty in a custom Gucci gown in lilac. Actress Daniela Vega, star of "A Fantastic Woman," attends the Berlinale International Film Festival on February 12, 2017, in Berlin, Germany. LOS ANGELES - Chile's "A Fantastic Woman" has been named the winner of the best foreign language film Academy Award. Host Jimmy Kimmel got the Oscars underway Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with an opening monologue that mixed Weinstein punchlines with earnest comments about reforming gender equality in Hollywood. Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover’s family after he dies, won the Academy Award on Sunday for best foreign-language film. There was Oscar buzz in 2016 surrounding "Tangerine," a film that featured a black transgender protagonist played by a black transgender actress, Mya Taylor. But more than redemption is on the line Sunday for last year’s embarrassing best-picture flub — the fiasco known as Envelopegate. Germany Selects Political Drama 'And Tomorrow The Entire World' For 2021 International Oscar Race, The timely title began its career at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017 where it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay. It seems like a long beautiful journey.”, While the multi-layered/multi-genre A Fantastic Woman is “not a cause film,” Lelio has previously told me at its center “is a real beating heart, Daniela’s heart. Vega introduced Sufjan Stevens' performance of "Mystery of Love" from Oscar-nominated "Call Me By Your Name," another LGBTQ-themed film. The "Bonnie and Clyde" duo will, 12 months later, get "take two. Guillermo del Toro's monster fable "The Shape of Water," which came in with a leading 13 nods, took best production design. ", "It's showing there's not just interest in trans lives and trans stories, but that trans artists are being recognized for doing great work," she said. Sebastian Lelio accepts the award for best foreign language film for "A Fantastic Woman" with, from left, Nicolas Saavedra, Daniela Vega, Alejandro Goic, and Pablo Larrain at the Oscars. GLAAD, an organization dedicated to LGBTQ representation in media, praised the film's win and heralded it as a welcome change for transgender people, who rarely see themselves portrayed on the big screen. David Sims Before long, police are questioning her about whether she had any part in his death. The Foreign Language Oscar race typically comes with its share of surprises, beginning with the unveiling of the shortlist that almost invariably omits a favorite title. No Golden Globes-style fashion protest was held by organizers of Time's Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment. Sebastian Lelio, left, and Daniela Vega arrive at the Oscars. Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. "Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America. International Box Office Editor/Senior Contributor. In a nice dovetail, the only other nomination belongs to A Fantastic Woman producer Pablo Larrain and his 2012 No.

He also spoke straightforwardly about the industry's poor record for female directors and equal pay.

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore," said Kimmel. "At least now we know Putin didn't rig this election," said Kimmel after the "Icarus" win. "I remember a time when the major studios didn't believe a woman or a minority could open a super hero movie - and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of last year," said Kimmel. Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” a drama about a trans woman who battles her lover’s family after he dies, won the Oscar for best foreign language film. UPDATED with speech video: Fresh off of his Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film last night, Sebastian Lelio scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for A Fantastic Woman tonight. She kept her speech short and sweet: "The thrill of this moment keeps me from saying what I really feel. FOLLOW NBC OUT ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM. Rita Moreno, meanwhile, honored Academy Awards history by donning the same gown (with a bold patterned full skirt) she wore in 1962, when she won an Oscar for "West Side Story. He promised the shortest speech would win a Jet Ski.

Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige said Seacrest is "fighting for his life right now.". “An Oscar win for a film starring a transgender woman, portrayed by a transgender actress, is a much-needed step toward greater representation in Hollywood –- and yet another sign that there is an eager audience for LGBTQ stories.”. While Vega herself was not nominated for her performance, she had a heavy impact on the creation of the film itself, which originally featured a cisgender (non-transgender) protagonist until Lelio was inspired to revise the character after working with Vega. And in the acceptance speech for best animated feature, "Coco" producer Darla Anderson thanked her wife and the film's screenwriter, Adrian Molina, thanked his husband.

But this year’s ultimate crop of nominees was eminently deserving and each told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today. "Give us a minute.". When the man has an aneurysm and falls down the stairs, Marina rushes him to the hospital. host Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged sexual harassment against the red-carpet regular. But while Kimmel spent a few moments on the fiasco known as Envelopegate, he expended far more minutes frankly and soberly discussing the parade of sexual harassment allegations that have coursed through the movie business in the wake of the revelations regarding Weinstein. On Oscar nominations day in January, Lelio told me he and Vega were “remembering how two years ago we were shooting wondering if everything was going to even work. Their goals go beyond red carpets, organizers said in the lead-up to the Oscars. This year was no different with France’s BPM being left out, while the nominations failed to include Golden Globe winner In The Fade. The other Foreign Language nominees tonight included three first timers — Ziad Doueiri with The Insult from Lebanon, Ruben Ostlund with The Square from Sweden and Ildiko Enyedi and her On Body And Soul from Hungary. In three weeks, it has already grossed about $500 million domestically. ", With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, "Let's get it right this time! Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev was up with Loveless and was the only previous nominee after scoring a mention with 2014’s Leviathan.

This year's Academy Awards ceremony had moments of visibility besides Vega.

However, multiple reports say that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will be returning to again present best picture, a year after they announced "La La Land" as the winner instead of "Moonlight," because Cullinan handed them the wrong envelope.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told NBC News that her organization held viewings of "A Fantastic Woman" in D.C. last month and called the film a "poignant trans story about trans lives. Jared Leto, a cisgender man, won the Oscar for best supporting actor for portraying Rayon, a transgender woman with AIDS, in "Dallas Buyers Club" in 2014. The ceremony, to be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, will be the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous awards seasons ever — one that saw…, A radiant Grace Kelly glided from her seat, pulling up her long opera gloves, her little evening bag balanced on one arm, as she collected a best actress trophy for "The Country Girl" at the 1955 Academy Awards.

The complexity is beautiful.”. Before he was tossed out of the film academy after a storm of sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations, Weinstein was for the last two decades the grand poobah of the Oscars.

The 90th Academy Awards brought the most tumultuous awards season in recent memory to a close Sunday with a ceremony that confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era for Hollywood while honoring the year's best filmmaking, including the sound design of "Dunkirk," the production design of "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" co-star Sam Rockwell. While the night's other major acting categories are widely expected to go to Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour") and Allison Janney ("I, Tonya"), the long season hasn't produced a clear best-picture favorite.

A Fantastic Woman proved a sleeper hit for Sony Pictures Classics, which picked it up for North America, Australia and New Zealand ahead of its Berlin premiere, earning close to $600,000 in the U.S. Chile's "A Fantastic Woman" has been named the winner of the best foreign language film Academy Award.

Rachel Morrison "Mudbound" is the first woman nominated for best cinematography. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.

A Fantastic Woman Is a Powerful Portrait of Grief and Prejudice Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-nominated Chilean film follows a trans woman struggling to move on after the death of her partner. Early wins went to makeup that adorned Gary Oldman's Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour," the period costume design of "Phantom Thread" and the sound editing for Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk."

And of course, Kimmel - returning to the scene of the flub - dove straight into material about last year's infamous best-picture mix-up. Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") is just the fifth woman nominated for best director. We want to hear from you! A Fantastic Woman is nominated for Foreign Language Film for Oscars 2018. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap last year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show. And, so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you," Nanjiani said. The film from director Sebastian Lelio stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as a woman who faces acrimony and scrutiny after the death of her lover.

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