The 8 Records set at Oscars 2018

The victory of "The Shape of Water", James Ivory, Jordan Peele and Roger Deakins at the Oscars 2018 has set a new milestone of the 90-year-old Academy Award.

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With Coco's victory at the Best Animated Feature category, the Pixar studio has won nine gold statuettes in the 17-year history of the category. Its means that it has brought home 50% of the total.

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Roger Deakins shared the saddest record with George J. Folsey when he has received 13 Best Cinematography nominations but never won any golden statuettes. Deakins eventually ended this year winning the 14th nomination with the Blade Runner 2049.

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James Ivory became the oldest Oscar winner in history when named in the Best Adapted Screenplay category with Call Me by Your Name. Agnès Varda is also 88 years old, but born 8 days earlier than James Ivory. However, this year, she only received an honorary Oscar. The legendary filmmaker and Faces Places were defeated by Icarus in the Best Documentary Feature category.

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Jordan Peele is the first African-American scriptwriter to win the Best Original Screenplay. In the past, there were just three people like him receiving nominees in the category, Suzanne de Passe (Lady Sings the Blues), Spike Lee (Do the Right Things) and John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood).

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway - Bonnie & Clyde's duo (1967) - came back to present the Best Picture for The Shape of Water after the unfortunate incident of misreading La La Land and Moonlight in early 2017. They are the fourth and fifth ones  to be given this special honor within two consecutive years since the Oscars were aired live, after Eric Johnson (1946, 1947), James Cagney (1950, 1951), and Jack Nicholson (1977, 1978).

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Thanks to The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro became the third Latino filmmaker to receive the Best Director award, after Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (twice with Birdman and The Revenant). They are often called “the Three Amigos" from Mexico, and have dominated the Best Director category for four years. 

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The Shape of Water is considered the first monster movie in Oscar history to win the Best Picture. This is also the first work to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and then to receive the most honor award from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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A Fantastic Woman won the Best Foreign Language Film. A Fantastic Woman not only stands out for its rare narrative that centers on the life of a transgender woman. The movie also became the first Chilean film to win an Oscar for Foreign Language Film Sunday night.

By: Christina Baker

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