British talent won big at last night’s Oscars, with Gary Oldman and former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton walking away with awards.
It was a big night for the British at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, with four Brits picking up Oscars at the most prestigious awards show in film.
It makes for a stark contrast from last year’s ceremony, which saw just one Academy Award go to a British winner—Orlando von Einsiedel and Natasegara won Best Documentary Short for White Helmets.
Dunkirk bagged three Academy Awards along with the Winston Churchill biopic, Darkest Hour, that legendary actor Gary Oldman was honoured for.
Oldman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill; his first ever Oscar after countless nominations. The 59-year-old was transformed into the British politician thanks to some of the most incredible prosthetic make-up work ever seen, and fellow Brit – special effects makeup artist Lucy Sibbick – won an Oscar in the make-up and hair category for her work on the film.
Famed cinematographer Roger Deakins also won an Oscar for Best Cinematography on Blade Runner 2049. The 68-year-old filmmaker from Torquay finally won after 14 nominations, receiving recognition for his stunning work on the sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic. He beat Dunkirk’s Hoyte van Hoytema, Darkest Hour’s Bruno Delbonnel, and Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison.
The final British Oscar-winners on the night were former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, who celebrated an incredible achievement with their live action short film The Silent Child. Shenton delivered part of her speech in sign language in tribute to Maisie Sly, the young deaf star of their film.
Overall, Brits received 30 nominations at the 2018 Oscars including nods for Daniel Kaluuya, Lesley Manville, Sally Hawkins and more.
See the full list of winners from the 90th Annual Academy Awards below.
The 2018 Oscar winners in full
Best Picture – The Shape of Water
Actor in a Leading Role – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Actor in a Supporting Role – Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Actress in a Supporting Role – Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Animated Feature Film – Coco
Directing – The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro
Documentary Feature – Icarus
Documentary Short Subject – Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Foreign Language Film – A Fantastic Woman
Original Song – ‘Remember Me’, Coco
Adapted Screenplay – Call Me By Your Name, screenplay by James Ivory
Original Screenplay – Get Out, written by Jordan Peele