Genre fare picks up big at the Oscars

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Mar 5, 2018

It was a big night for genre films at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

First up, The Shape of Water won four awards, including the most anticipated award of the night, Best PictureGuillermo del Toro also took home the statue for Best Director. Plus, the film won for both Production Design and Original Score as well. The film didn't snag awards in any of the acting categories (despite being nominated in every single one) but still managed to have a great night overall. Everyone gets an Oscar if you win Best Picture, right?

Horror film Get Out made history, with writer/director Jordan Peele grabbing the award for Best Original Screenplay, making him the first African-American to win in the category. Get Out debuted over a year ago, making it a long shot for the Oscars, but the film still picked up nominations like Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Picture, but lost both. Peele was overjoyed at his Oscar win and, judging by the reactions on Twitter, plenty of others were as well.

The stunning Blade Runner 2049 grabbed two awards, including a Visual Effects statue in addition to a big win in Cinematography for Roger Deakins, who before this year had a whopping 14 nominations in the category yet had never won. Must feel good to finally take home the statue for him.

BB-8 (and the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi) showed up too, and even though the film didn't leave with any awards of their own, the cast did deliver two awards in animation categories. Disney/Pixar's Coco won two awards, including Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for the touching "Remember Me," while Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketball was awarded Best Animated Short.

With wins across the board in writing, directing, cinematography, and even Best Picture, it's safe to say genre films made a big mark at this year's Academy Awards.

Here's to another year of brilliant science fiction, fantasy, and horror films. See you at the next Oscars? Let's hope so.