Date: 5th March 2018
The Shape of Water helmer Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for best director on Sunday night.
Del Toro beat out fellow nominees Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Jordan Peele (Get Out). Gerwig and Peele were only the fifth woman and black man, respectively, to be nominated in the category in Oscars history. No black man has ever won best director, while Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win best director. Gerwig's rare inclusion in the often-all-male category got a shout-out from presenter Emma Stone, who introduced the nominees as "four men and Greta Gerwig," a description that provoked an audible response from the audience.
Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion.
Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour (2017).
Full List of 2018 Oscar Results
Source: Press Release