Top 5 moments of Oscars 2018

Actors Faye Dunaway (left) and Warren Beatty walk onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 4, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Last year's Academy Awards will go down in history for being the one with the big mix-up, when the wrong envelope was handed to presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, leading them to announce La La Land as the winner for Best Picture over real winner Moonlight. How did this year's Oscars fare?

The Straits Times rounds up the Top 5 moments from the 90th edition of the glitziest night in Hollywood.

1. Getting Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to present the award for Best Picture again

Even though it was not their fault, the screen legends were ridiculed last year for announcing the wrong winner. This was the best way for them to redeem themselves and it was nice to see that they could poke fun at themselves.

Beatty said: "It's so nice seeing you again."

Dunaway joked: "Presenting is lovelier the second time around."

It seems that they got it right this time when they handed the award to The Shape Of Water, but not without the movie's director Guillermo del Toro jokingly making a show out of checking the envelope and nodding at the camera first.

2. Allison Janney claiming credit

Allison Janey accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. PHOTO: REUTERS

Janney made everyone laugh when she took to the stage to accept the award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie I, Tonya, and said: "I did it all by myself."

She quickly added that the line was "nothing further from the truth", but by then, it had already started trending on Twitter and became an instant meme.

3. Frances McDormand's rousing speech

Not to be outdone was Best Lead Actress winner McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), who asked every woman in the audience with a nomination that night to stand up. She said of the women, who were recognised in categories including acting, writing and cinematography: "Look around everybody, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed."

4. Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stealing the show

Tiffany Haddish (left) and Maya Rudolph take the stage. PHOTO: REUTERS

Comedians Haddish and Rudolph co-presented the awards for animated and live action short films, and they were hilarious. Riffing on the #Oscarssowhite controversy of recent years, Haddish said: "Are the Oscars too black now? Don't worry. We were just backstage and there are still a bunch of white people still to come."

Immediately, netizens and celebrities such as model-actress Tyra Banks were calling for the funny duo to host next year's awards.

After all, female comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have already hosted the Golden Globes with aplomb.

5. Honouring the classics

Rita Moreno in the dress she wore when she won an Oscar in 1962. PHOTO: NYTIMES

This being a major milestone edition, the organisers of the show paid tribute to favourite Hollywood memories all night, such as playing montages of old movie scenes. But the best trips down memory lane were getting big names such as Rita Moreno and Christopher Walken to present awards.

Moreno upped the game by wearing the same black and gold gown that she first donned to the 1962 Oscars, where she won the award for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story.

There will be an encore of The 90th Annual Academy Awards on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601) at 8pm on Monday (March 5). It will also be available on HBO Go and HBO On Demand (StarHub TV Channel 602).

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