LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fantastical romance The Shape Of Water won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honour, at the Oscar 2018 ceremony.
The Fox Searchlight movie's Mexican film-maker, Guillermo del Toro, took home the best director Oscar, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black film-maker.
The movie about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a strange river creature had gone into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, and won a total of four Academy Awards.
As expected, Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing World War Two leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros.' Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand's woman in a fury was a popular best actress winner for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Elsewhere, awards were spread around, recognising first-timers, LGBT movies and films inspired by other cultures.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tackled Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal with jokes on a night heavy with nods to activism on issues ranging from LGBT issues and school shootings to sexism and racism.
Gay romance Call Me By Your Name won best adapted screenplay and racial satire Get Out won best original screenplay.
A Fantastic Woman, Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman, played by transgender actress Daniela Vega, won best foreign language film, and Mexican-inspired Coco was named best animated feature.
Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney took home their first Oscars for their supporting roles Three Billboards and independent ice-skating movie I, Tonya, respectively.
The 2018 Oscar Winners:
Best Picture: The Shape Of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water
Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Original Screenplay: Get Out
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Animated Feature: Coco
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Film Editing: Dunkirk
Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Live Action Short: The Silent Child
Documentary Short: Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405
Score: The Shape Of Water
Song: Remember Me from Coco
Production Design: The Shape Of Water
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Documentary Feature: Icarus
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: Dunkirk