All you need to know about last night’s Oscar award ceremony

Last year's winners of the acting categories. Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman. Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9446181ks)

Last night, the 90th Oscars was televised on ABC and the ratings hit an all-time low. Perhaps this was because nothing particularly eventful happened, unlike last year’s infamous envelope mix-up, or perhaps people just aren’t that interested anymore. It was nearly four hours long, despite Jimmy Kimmel offering the prize of a jet ski for the shortest Oscar speech.

Nonetheless, the set design was phenomenal and there were several warm and funny moments. It was a little more low-key than previous years and Kimmel set the tone from the start, opening with a funny speech which also paid recognition to the last six months of #MeToo ruckus in the industry.

Funny highlights included Jenifer Lawrence clambering over a row of seats with a wine glass and Helen Mirren riding on stage with a jet ski. Heartwarming moments included Jordan Peele’s inspiring acceptance speech and Frances McDormand’s powerful speech about inclusion.

The shape of Water won four took the lead winning four awards. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri also performed well and Get Out won best original screenplay. The best-animated feature went to Coco, which also won an award for Best original song.

All in all, the Oscars this year was optimistic and entertaining, although we must admit that it is always a little disappointing when the Oscars run so smoothly.