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Oscars 2018: Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton among big British winners at Academy Awards

Monday 5th March 2018

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
  • Cinematography – Blade Runner 2049. Roger Deakins
  • Costume Design – Phantom Thread
  • Film Editing – Dunkirk
  • Original Score – The Shape of Water
  • Animated Short Film – Dear Basketball
  • Live Action Short Film – The Silent Child
  • Sound Editing – Dunkirk
  • Sound Mixing – Dunkirk
  • Visual Effects – Blade Runner 2049

Oscar nominations leaderboard

  • The Shape of Water - 13
  • Dunkirk - 8
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - 7
  • Darkest Hour - 6
  • Phantom Thread - 6
  • Blade Runner 2049 - 5
  • Lady Bird - 5
  • Call Me by Your Name - 4
  • Get Out - 4
  • Mudbound - 4
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 4
  • Baby Driver - 3
  • I, Tonya - 3
  • Beauty and the Beast - 2
  • Coco - 2
  • The Post - 2
  • Victoria & Abdul - 2
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