In the 90 years that the Academy Awards has honored actresses and actors for their moving performances, it has generated unforgettable moments that have been cemented in pop culture.
The host, Jimmy Kimmel, began his monologue by referencing the first: last year's fiasco, when a logistical foul-up for the ages led Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty to mistakenly announce "La La Land" as the best picture victor instead of "Moonlight".
But most of the acceptance speeches were delivered by men.
He also spoke straightforwardly about the industry's poor record for female directors and equal pay. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement in the wake of the incident, saying: "Best Actress victor Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night's Governors Ball".
Activists like #MeToo creator Tarana Burke were included in a song segment.
The 50-year-old presenter - who fronted the Oscars for the second year in a row on Sunday - opened the ceremony with a string of jibes at the expense of the disgraced movie producer, who has been blacklisted from Hollywood following a string of sexual harassment allegations.
Ashley Judd, standing next to her, said "a mighty chorus" is speaking up. The film was awarded best movie of the year, best original score (Alexandre Desplat) and best production design.
The nominees signaled a renaissance. "It's just like that and you kind of can't breathe properly and your heart rate is really going, and I'm by nature a very calm and composed person".
"The Shape of Water" emerged as the big victor with four honours at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony - including Best Picture - where celebration of cinema was laced with political jibes as well as powerful statements on debates like sexual harassment, immigration and gender balance that are plaguing Hollywood.
Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, the director of fantasy film The Shape of Water, lapped the other contenders to win the Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards. McDormand beat out stiff competition from the likes of Sally Hawkins ("Shape of Water"), 21-time nominee Meryl Streep ("The Post"), Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya") and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird"), while Oldman edged out heavyweights like Daniel Day-Lewis ("Phantom Thread") and Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq.") and young talent like the 22-year old Timothée Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name") and Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out").
Rockwell took home the first Oscar of the night, winning best supporting actor as most prognosticators expected for his role as a racist police officer who slowly sees the error of his ways in "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri". It became the highest grossing film for an original screenplay.
Villeneuve also got a shout-out onstage from Roger Deakins as he accepted the Oscar for best cinematography on "Blade Runner 2049".
The Chilean movie "A Fantastic Woman" by Sebastian Lelio won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, beating the Russian movie "Loveless" by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
"Thank you to Denis Villeneuve, whose guts are seen in every frame of this film, especially the visual effects", said John Nelson, who won alongside Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover. "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. We don't get a lot of accolades in Canada with respect to film, so this was a really, really great year because we got to do an wonderful film by Guillermo". Look, my goal is to make a few more live action movies and for the last 10 years I have been slowly moving to animation. At 23, the Carlow native has three Oscar nominations already, which is literally more than anyone else can say. She urged stars to demand inclusion riders - requirements for gender or racial diversity - in their contracts. "We can't let bad behaviour slide any more". "The world is watching us".
A moviegoer who was surprised by Jimmy Kimmel during an Oscars stunt Sunday night is calling the experience "amazing".
In an aside about the pay disparity between Mark Walhberg and Michelle Williams for "All the Money in the World" reshoots, Kimmel said upon discovering that both actors were represented by the same talent agency that, "This one shook me".