News

2018 Oscars Best Moments: Jordan Peele Makes History, Helen Mirren Rides a Jet Ski, and More

Inspiring speeches from Jordan Peele and Frances McDormand, the return of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and more — here are the best moments of the 2018 Academy Awards.

by | March 4, 2018 | Comments

Jordan Peele at the 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

(Photo by ABC/Craig Sjodin)

In terms of major Oscar moments, it was always going to be hard to top the 2017 Best Picture announcement debacle. But host Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of the 2018 Academy Awards tried their very best to make the ceremony as funny — and as seamless — as possible, while still providing a good dose of viral-worthy entertainment. How did they do?

There were a few misses, including the pre-taped opening segment and spending lots of time on gags only to see the producers of The Shape of Water unable to speak when accepting their Best Picture award. But there were some definite hits, too.

From Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway‘s presenting redux to a night of political messages — and Helen Mirren on a jet ski! — here are the top five moments of the 2018 Oscars.

(See the full list of winners here.)


1. The Best Picture announcement goes off without a hitch.

No doubt most of the Oscar-viewing audience was paying especially close attention to the final award of the night to see if Beatty and Dunaway would crack under the extra scrutiny.

“It’s so nice seeing you again,” said Beatty when he greeted the crowd alongside Dunaway to present the Best Picture award — on the 51st anniversary of their Bonnie and Clyde, joked Kimmel. There were no screw-ups this time, and the duo awarded the final statue of the night to The Shape of Water.


2. Frances McDormand and Jordan Peele give us feels.

The night was filled with plenty of political messages, and even a segment about the Time’s Up movement (and Emma Stone’s introduction of the five Best Director nominees by name-checking the only female among them, Greta Gerwig). McDormand used her acceptance speech for Best Actress (for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) to shout out her fellow female nominees — not just in her category, but in all categories — and encourage Hollywood to work with them. She also had the world googling “Inclusion Rider”.


Meanwhile, when Jordan Peele accepted his Best Original Screenplay award for Get Out, he thanked “everyone who let me raise my voice.” As only the third person ever to be nominated in the Screenplay, Directing, and Best Picture categories for his first feature film, and the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay, his words carried extra weight for many (including his Key and Peele costar and cowriter Keegan Michael Key).


3. Stars surprise unsuspecting moviegoers with giant sub and hot dogs.

Much like Kimmel’s 2017 bit where he brought unsuspecting Hollywood star tour sightseers into the theater, this year he brought the stars to the unsuspecting public — a group of moviegoers who were watching a special screening of A Wrinkle in Time. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Mark Hamill, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more stars to invaded the theater and handed out snacks. There was even a hot dog cannon.


4. Helen Mirren, The Price Is Right model.

Did you know that in addition to starring in an incredible number of award-winning movies and being one of the most celebrated living actresses, Mirren also moonlights as a jet ski model? She does on Oscars night, at least. Mirren introduced the jet ski joke in the opening monologue — Kimmel promised a jet ski to the shortest speech of the night — delighting the audience in the Dolby and those watching at home. Likely less delighted, however, were the Shape of Water producers who didn’t get to speak at the end of the ceremony to make room for a callback to the Mirren–jet ski gag.


5. The stars—and host—get political.

Unlike some of the pre-shows, host Kimmel’s monologue didn’t shy away from the hottest topics of the day: harassment in Hollywood, the politics of Black Panther, pay disparity, Parkland students, and, of course, last year’s Best Picture gaffe. There was also a separate Time’s Up segment later in the show, which many were happy to see — others were less happy to see politics mixing with entertainment.


What were your favorite and least favorite moments? Leave your thoughts on the ceremony in the comments below.

Tag Cloud

78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Netflix Christmas movies television Year in Review asian-american Acorn TV new zealand Oscars 71st Emmy Awards hispanic heritage month Drama zombies justice league Fox Searchlight sitcom The CW WarnerMedia Biopics DirecTV Spike live action RT21 The Walt Disney Company SundanceTV National Geographic FOX Columbia Pictures El Rey independent VICE Martial Arts TCM Alien Comedy WGN Academy Awards San Diego Comic-Con twilight Paramount Plus vampires Pet Sematary VOD unscripted Britbox travel indie BET Countdown Family Reality Competition Christmas serial killer dramedy TCA Winter TV Tumblr Epix TV movies deadpool Premiere Dates Best and Worst police drama Extras Superheroe Legendary halloween Musical Wes Anderson CBS political drama Country target Nat Geo batman Image Comics universal monsters dceu OWN canceled Rocky SXSW remakes crime thriller Tokyo Olympics joker die hard supernatural Dark Horse Comics boxing archives IFC Pacific Islander Marvel foreign screenings CNN Syfy 72 Emmy Awards new star wars movies comics PaleyFest sports elevated horror movies superhero discovery nature action-comedy Comic-Con@Home 2021 aapi Schedule Turner Classic Movies FXX cops cars Chernobyl indiana jones movie APB CBS All Access Sci-Fi reviews Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Creative Arts Emmys biopic spanish language Winners Amazon OneApp Song of Ice and Fire Rocketman Esquire festivals transformers romantic comedy spanish telelvision Brie Larson biography cancelled Opinion Mary Poppins Returns BBC America dark king arthur disaster legend Emmys young adult Trophy Talk reboot RT History 73rd Emmy Awards Teen cancelled television child's play popular MTV japan X-Men YouTube Red Pirates green book dc Starz Podcast Anna Paquin Grammys MSNBC DC Universe E! children's TV japanese crime drama halloween tv Paramount Network GIFs Photos versus 2020 TV renewals TCA Awards james bond italian A&E Vudu cats witnail Bravo Sony Pictures comedies Amazon Prime sag awards Calendar Sundance Now Awards science fiction See It Skip It zombie facebook superman TNT USA Network Black History Month Food Network romance Universal Apple rt archives directors The Purge CMT psychological thriller Horror talk show true crime suspense marvel cinematic universe Crackle Shudder Sundance TV Disney+ Disney Plus Freeform ABC Signature GLAAD revenge satire NBC news YA jurassic park Trivia Classic Film anthology 2019 Star Trek YouTube Premium President hist Star Wars french singing competition ABC Family kids video on demand hispanic jamie lee curtis canceled TV shows Amazon Studios Comics on TV 20th Century Fox criterion BAFTA Cartoon Network Amazon Prime Video ghosts composers royal family blockbusters Superheroes golden globes Exclusive Video Nickelodeon gangster Walt Disney Pictures The Walking Dead all-time Logo Lifetime Christmas movies debate miniseries E3 New York Comic Con Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 21st Century Fox period drama Fall TV anime basketball rom-coms high school Mindy Kaling psycho Cannes First Look Mystery toy story Stephen King MCU cooking Election Comedy Central marvel comics thriller diversity quibi franchise Reality Ovation ITV streaming movies what to watch name the review Travel Channel Apple TV+ rt labs critics edition Rock Western Action adventure CW Seed mutant Musicals Nominations Writers Guild of America Interview Mary poppins Hulu 4/20 BET Awards video Funimation black LGBT cancelled TV series ABC cults natural history 2018 teaser laika prank FX on Hulu posters Elton John new york politics Kids & Family binge USA HBO trailers Set visit DC Comics IFC Films nfl Netflix SDCC tv talk DGA kong comic books king kong adaptation strong female leads TLC Red Carpet spinoff medical drama a nightmare on elm street worst fast and furious comic critic resources adenture sequel game show Women's History Month emmy awards theme song olympics Ellie Kemper Sundance NBA Comic Book FX Binge Guide space Tomatazos Shondaland casting Lifetime Lucasfilm Disney HBO Go cartoon Holiday wonder woman Showtime international documentary Marathons scorecard mockumentary screen actors guild History Pride Month Pop golden globe awards TruTV comic book movies Film Ghostbusters TBS comic book movie 99% chucky scene in color Turner Warner Bros. mission: impossible historical drama monster movies Box Office dragons lord of the rings documentaries scary movies crossover Quiz VH1 dexter richard e. Grant Fox News slasher godzilla 2015 Disney streaming service Spring TV 93rd Oscars boxoffice TV One TV Land women heist movie Pop TV The Witch Fantasy christmas movies hidden camera razzies streaming PBS The Academy Discovery Channel Character Guide technology Mary Tyler Moore YouTube GoT Tubi A24 2016 stoner 2021 docudrama Peacock ID dogs know your critic kaiju stop motion rt labs saw Film Festival obituary Toys Rom-Com Pixar Masterpiece Awards Tour 007 festival best rotten movies we love Baby Yoda critics Marvel Television Adult Swim ESPN Music stand-up comedy LGBTQ rotten Paramount Disney Channel book adaptation Super Bowl 1990s parents breaking bad PlayStation classics Video Games based on movie Black Mirror DC streaming service concert Tarantino HBO Max worst movies TCA 2017 social media Television Critics Association AMC BBC venice book Summer Thanksgiving series Cosplay blockbuster finale 90s 45 hollywood football Heroines BBC One animated Hallmark pirates of the caribbean nbcuniversal cancelled TV shows First Reviews spain game of thrones Animation NYCC doctor who Disney Plus aliens south america TCA Winter 2020 comiccon Watching Series Marvel Studios award winner Television Academy Trailer australia Crunchyroll war slashers Sneak Peek Broadway blaxploitation zero dark thirty spy thriller ViacomCBS Infographic fresh Arrowverse Captain marvel harry potter TIFF cinemax toronto Certified Fresh TV feel good latino robots American Society of Cinematographers Polls and Games Endgame Emmy Nominations films Spectrum Originals 24 frames The Arrangement 2017 Hear Us Out spider-man Hallmark Christmas movies mcc sequels Mudbound crime werewolf Avengers ratings Lionsgate Apple TV Plus renewed TV shows free movies Valentine's Day Holidays docuseries