Marking the 90th Academy Awards ceremony since Wings took Best Picture in 1929, this year’s Oscars may have been the most political ever. In a time of heavy tensions over racial and gender-based issues, the most iconic awards show in the world still managed to keep some light moments and silly jokes.
From Tonya Harding-related jokes to a ceremony-long campaign trying to get someone to give the shortest speech, here are some highlights from the 2018 Oscars!
The Jet Ski
A lot of awards are handed out during Oscar night, and if your name isn’t Meryl Streep, winning one can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Because of this, most winners use this unique platform to thank the most important people in their lives or make an important statement.
Of course, that also means the show lasts forever. Trying to avoid this, returning host Jimmy Kimmel decided to give a jetski to whoever gave the shortest speech. Dame Helen Mirren served as the model to the water craft, gaining roaring laughter.
Ultimately, it was Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges who took home the vessel. Unfortunately, Mirren was not included in the prize.
Jodie vs Meryl
An amazingly talented actress who received her first Oscar nomination at 15, Jodie Foster is now mostly focused on working behind the camera. Still, it’s always a joy to see her at awards shows. This time around, she presented Best Actress alongside fellow winner Jennifer Lawrence, and surprisingly came into the stage with crutches and flats. When asked why, she said Streep had “I Tonya’d her.”
If someone can poke fun at Streep, it’s Foster!
(By the way, Foster’s publicist confirmed she had a skiing accident, in case you were still wondering.)
Rita Moreno’s Red Carpet
A dress so nice she rocked it twice 💁 That’s right, @TheRitaMoreno just arrived at the @TheAcademy awards in the same dress she wore during her iconic #oscars win in 1962 👑 | 📷: @People pic.twitter.com/LCEF2EuwQ5
— One Day at a Time (@OneDayAtATime) March 5, 2018
As this was the 90th Academy Awards, there were a few icons from past decades presenting awards, including Eva Marie Saint and Jane Fonda. Still, it was Rita Moreno who stole the show: the Latina actress put on the same dress she wore when she won her West Side Story Oscar in 1962. And, of course, she looked absolutely ravishing!
The oldest Academy Award winner
James Ivory, the filmmaker and screenwriter behind movies like Surviving Picasso and The Remains of the Day, won his first Oscar – at 88! This is extra surprising considering the movie that finally got him the Adapted Screenplay statuette: Call Me By Your Name.
The storyteller gave a sweet speech (which you can watch above) about first love and his past work partners.
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph
These two funny ladies took the stage to present Best Documentary Short – with comfy shoes and holding her heels in their hands. The two went off on a hilarious banter, making fun of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from a few years back and giving us some serious Amy Poehler and Tina Fey feels. Let’s hope Haddish and Rudolph host the Golden Globes next year!
— El Chaz (@inconcebible) March 5, 2018
Besides co-presenting, the always funny Jennifer Lawrence made headlines for a very J-Law stunt: walking over theater seats with a glass of wine. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the goofy Hunger Games superstar!