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Summary

  1. The Shape of Water wins the most Oscars with four
  2. Its prizes include best film and director
  3. Frances McDormand wins best actress, and Gary Oldman best actor
  4. Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor
  5. Allison Janney wins best supporting actress

Live Reporting

By Steven McIntosh and Tim Masters

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight (or good morning)

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You've got it upside-down Frances

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of the Oscars (and we're sorry we couldn't blag us all free entry to the after party).

We know what you need most in your life now - a helpful cluster of links to all the rest of our overnight coverage so that you can have a nice enjoyable onward journey to other areas of the BBC News website:

We'll leave you with our favourite picture from the night - Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges scooting off with Dame Helen Mirren on the jet ski Jimmy Kimmel awarded him for successfully delivering the shortest acceptance speech of the ceremony.

(There's a sentence we've never written before.)

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We'll see you next year.

Facts & figures

Because who doesn't love a good stat.

Here's some analysis of this year's winners and their place in Academy history:

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And here's how all the best picture winners have performed at the US box office so far (we suspect The Shape of Water in particular might just increase its takings this week.)

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Gary Oldman reflects on the moment he won

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Gary Oldman is the latest star to turn up at the Vanity Fair after party - fresh from getting his best actor statue engraved.

There's a weird chemical thing that happens in your brain when your name is called. I can't really define it but it's unlike anything else.

You've got Meryl Streep 10 feet away staring up at you next to Denzel Washington.

The after parties are in full swing

"Just take me anywhere, take me anywhere. Anywhere away with you... as long as it's in a limo straight to the Vanity Fair Oscars after party please," as Rita Ora almost sang.

Miley Cyrus has also turned up at the biggest bash in town - we're not sure why but who cares because let's be honest there's literally no situation in life that cannot be improved by the arrival of Miley Cyrus.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Collaring Kaluuya

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Our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones is at the Vanity Fair party, where she just managed to grab Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya (along with cinematographer Roger Deakins) for long enough to get his reaction to tonight's winners.

"I'm happy, man. Jordan [Peele] won an Oscar, Roger won an Oscar. I'm just happy for good people who do the work and are recognised. For me, it fills me with joy seeing that."

Asked if he knew Get Out would be so successful when he first read it, he said:

I felt it. I don't really make decisions based on whether something is going to be successful, I base it on whether I would want to watch it.

Faye Dunaway on returning to the Oscars

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Faye Dunaway has just been on BBC Breakfast ahead of the Vanity Fair party, discussing her return to the ceremony this year to announce the best picture winner alongside Warren Beatty.

She said: "Even though the card was wrong, I felt there was a slight stigma," - regarding her and Beatty's part in the mishap.

"And I’m so glad the Academy found a way [to bring us back].

"In psychiatry, there's the theory of repetition, you repeat something until it comes out right.

We have a bond Warren and me, and it was lovely to get the standing ovation, and it was lovely being with him and it was nice doing it again.

Speaking about the atmosphere in LA, she added: "They’re in the streets, they're dancing, they’re shouting out for the cars, it’s like a carnival a little bit, but the seriousness is there."

It's time to party

The stars are arriving thick and fast at the post-Oscars Vanity Fair party in Hollywood.

Paris Jackson makes quite an entrance
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Paris Jackson makes quite an entrance
Margot Robbie
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I, Tonya's Margot Robbie
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James Corden with his wife, television producer Julia Carey
Emma Watson
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Beauty and the Beast's Emma Watson
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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman
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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman

'It's spelled G-U-I-L-L-E-R-M-O'

You've won an Oscar. You've thanked your parents. You've spoken to the journalists backstage.

Basically, now you just want to go out on the lash at the various LA after parties.

But before you do - there's one last little job that needs completing.

Because of the huge level of secrecy that surrounds the Oscars voting in the run up to the ceremony the organisers leave the trophies blank, so that there's no way of anyone finding out the winners beforehand.

So the winners get their statuettes engraved with their name or film straight after the ceremony. Guillermo del Toro, Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand and Jordan Peele have already got theirs sorted:

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James Ivory makes history

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Ivory, at the age of 89, became the oldest person to ever win an Academy Award in a competitive category.

"That’s the only thing they’ve got remember about me," the screenwriter laughed as he spoke to the BBC.

He said he was "excited and thrilled" to have won best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name - but he wasn't necessarily surprised.

"The press have said again and again that I was the front runner, so there wasn’t that element of surprise, but still, I might not have won," he laughed.

Asked about his shirt, which had a drawing of the film's star Timothee Chalamet's face on it, he explained:

It was painted by an English artist named Andrew Mania who lives in Bristol, and he had the idea of doing a shirt with Timothee’s face on it, and I said fine, I’ll wear it!

The Help cast reunite

...and fortunately Viola Davis was there to make sure this glorious moment was documented (in the form of a selfie).

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Which films missed out?

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"Can you BELIEVE The Post didn't get anything?"

There was a fairly even mix across the winners this year - with prizes for The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Get Out, I Tonya and Darkest Hour.

So which films were snubbed?

Lady Bird was one of the night's big losers - it didn't pick up any of the prizes it was nominated for, despite being praised by critics and audiences alike.

Director Greta Gerwig was beaten by Guillermo del Toro, Saoirse Ronan lost out to Frances McDormand for best actress, while the film itself lost out in both the best picture and best original screenplay.

There was also nothing for The Post (starring Meryl Streep, pictured) or Mudbound, despite multiple nominations.

Roman J Israel, Esq, The Florida Project, All the Money in the World each had one nomination for this year's Oscars - but all went home empty handed.

Gary Oldman's words of wisdom for Timothee Chalamet

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The Oscars do love it when an actor slaps on some make-up and transforms into a British prime minister.

(See also: Meryl Streep winning for The Iron Lady in 2011.)

Gary Oldman said there was a "special significance" to winning the best actor Oscar for playing Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

I can't say what it would be like to win an Oscar in any other year. But winning an Oscar for playing arguably one of the greatest Britons who ever lived? To win it for playing Winston makes it doubly special.

And he revealed he'd had some words of wisdom for fellow best actor nominee Timothee Chalamet.

I'm thrilled for Chalamet. He's a lovely kid. He really is, he's a charmer. He's hugely talented.

I said to him tonight - in the words of Arnie - 'you'll be back'. It's probably the end for me - he's got years.

And with that - he's off, doing a comedy walk off the stage after initially walking the wrong way.

Sign language at the Oscars

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Rachel Shenton used sign language in her acceptance speech

Rachel Shenton's speech used sign language - while she is not the first to do so, she's in a select group.

Others include Jane Fonda, who signed part of her speech for winning best actress for Coming Home at the 1979 Oscars. Louise Fletcher did the same at the 1976 Oscars when she was named best actress for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

And at the 1987 Oscars, Marlee Matlin - who lost her hearing as a child - also signed her speech for Children of a Lesser God. She was best actress too.

We had a bit of signing in the press room as well - with congratulations being offered by one journalist in sign language.

'There was such a shortage of role models'

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Jordan Peele said backstage there was a "renaissance" going on right now in the film world.

I almost never became a director because there was such a shortage of role models. I feel so proud to be a part of a time, the beginning of a movement where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow black directors. It's very special.

I think that goes for all areas of inclusion. It's quite clear that this is a very special time.

He said he especially enjoyed getting to chat to Gary Oldman backstage - saying he had been his favourite actor since Bram Stoker's Dracula and True Romance.

You shall go to the ball

The main ceremony may be over, but now the parties begin...

Here are some of the attendees at the swanky Governor's Ball where 1,500 guests are dining on more than 50 dishes including 30 pounds (13.6 kg) of edible gold dust.

Let's hope no-one chews an Oscar by mistake.

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Best supporting actress winner Allison Janney
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Sam Rockwell and his wife Leslie Bibb
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Frances McDormand praises billboard movements

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Her speech was one of the most electrifying moments of the night.

And Frances McDormand was applauded for it in the press room - being the only winner to get a standing ovation as she walked in to be interviewed.

"Don't give me any more attention," she quips. "It will go to my head."

(As she was speaking to reporters, she paused to laugh at the fact journalists wanting to ask questions are asked to hold up pieces of paper with numbers on, saying: "It's like we're bidding on art.")

One of the impacts the film has had is the copycat billboards of protest that have sprung up around the world. McDormand is definitely here for it, crying: "Off the screen and onto the street! It's really exciting."

She mentions that the Grenfell Tower fire campaigners Justice 4 Grenfell were among the first to use billboards to draw attention to their cause.

The idea that activists are taking that statement and putting it out there? Billboards still work - they still work, and it's really exciting.

The actors' class photo

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The winners of all four acting categories gathered together backstage for the traditional group photo.

But we love this extra unposed picture which was taken just before the official one.

There's Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand glancing at each other on the left, with the mischievous look of two people who are planning a massive diamond heist as soon as they can get out of the Dolby Theatre.

Meanwhile, Allison Janney looks like she's instantly regretting asking Gary Oldman to explain just what is the correct way to make the perfect cup of English breakfast tea he referred to in his acceptance speech.

'Am I being auctioned off?'

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Some winners seemed a bit bemused by the press room system that sees journalists holding up numbers, in order to be called on to ask questions (FYI mine was 143).

But for Jordan Peele, winner of best original screenplay for Get Out, it had slightly more sinister connotations - that's thanks to a scene in the film where there's some altogether more sinister bidding going on.

Am I being auctioned off right now? It's creepy.

Jordan Peele

And then we had Gary Oldman suddenly transform into a bingo caller, saying: "Am I playing bingo right now? One and four, 14. One and one, legs eleven (he accompanied this last bit with a wolf whistle).

Guillermo del Toro is taking his Oscars to meet his folks

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A very sweet moment in the press room from Guillermo del Toro, holding aloft his two Oscars for The Shape of Water - best director and best picture.

My next step is going to see my mom and dad next week. I'm going home - with these two babies.

Which way's the ocean?

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Here’s that unforgettable moment right at the end of the show (almost three hours and 50 mins after it started) when the winner for best costume design Mark Bridges glided onto the stage clutching his Oscar and riding a jetski accompanied by Dame Helen Mirren.

Bridges won the vehicle for giving the shortest Oscar speech of the night.

The look on his face makes us wonder which prize he likes best.

Allison Janney: 'I didn't dare to dream'

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Everyone seems to be delighted by Allison Janney picking up her first Oscar for playing Tonya Harding's domineering mother LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.

She's talked about channeling her inner critic to inspire the role, saying she chose to speak to Margot Robbie (who plays Tonya) the way she sometimes speaks to herself.

So, in the interview room backstage, I asked her what her inner voice is saying now.

Her reply was met by a round of applause:

Bravo. Good going, girl. I'm proud of you.

She said of her win: "I didn't dare to dream of things like this because I didn't want to be disappointed. At a certain point, I'd given up on something like this happening to me."

Proof, if it was needed, to never, ever give up - and to use your own inner voice to give yourself a pat on the back.

(Bonus points go to Allison too for being wonderfully candid about how uncomfortable heels can be)

Can I take my shoes off? My feet are bleeding.

Right, so what exactly is an inclusion rider?

"I have two words to leave with you tonight," said Frances McDormand.

The word waited, desperate to hear what was coming next.

"Inclusion rider."

Pardon?

Did she say writer maybe? No, definitely rider. But what does that mean?

Theories were quickly forthcoming on social media, but some figures in the acting community were on hand to help out:

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And, speaking backstage, McDormand clarified her meaning:

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The final tally

A quick reminder of the night's biggest winners...

  • The Shape Of Water - 4
  • Dunkirk - 3
  • Blade Runner 2049 - 2
  • Coco - 2
  • Darkest Hour - 2
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 2

Twitter is not loving Emma Stone

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Look, we're sure she meant well.

But people on Twitter really weren't keen on Emma Stone's introduction of the best director category.

"These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year," she said, looking rather pleased with herself for highlighting the male-dominated category.

But unlike Natalie Portman's handling of the issue at the Globes in January, or Sandra Bullock's comments earlier tonight, viewers thought her point was a little inelegant and took away from the progressive nominations for Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele.

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Head to head

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A lovely moment captured here as Meryl Streep congratulates Frances McDormand on winning the best actress Oscar.

People were loving tonight's set design

And we don't blame them. Provided you're a fan of crystals.

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More to come from backstage

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The ceremony may be over - but backstage in the interview room, there are still quite a lot of winners (seven, we're told by the press team) due to speak. They include Gary Oldman, Allison Janney, Frances McDormand and Jordan Peele. We'll bring you more from them when we get it.

Roger Deakins on (finally) winning an Oscar

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It took 14 nominations - but Roger Deakins finally has an Oscar in his hand (as well as the envelope which revealed he was the winner).

He's managing to be seemingly nonchalant about it though, shrugging when asked what it means for the wait to be over.

What's important to him is who else is nominated tonight though.

We were coming to the Academy this evening and I was reminded one of my early films was Sid and Nancy with Gary Oldman. It's so wonderful to be here tonight and Gary to be in the same space.

Despite seeming calm, he says he definitely wasn't on the Oscars stage. He says: "A big part of me was saying 'please, please no'. I find it very hard."

He thanked all those who've worked with him during his illustrious career.

I've worked with a lot of the same people in my crew for years and I feel it's recognition for their work, I really do.

And the jetski goes to...

I bet Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges didn't expect he would be riding onto the Dolby Theatre stage on a jetski, clutching an Oscar, accompanied by Dame Helen Mirren, when he turned up this evening.

He looks pretty delighted about it though.

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He won it for making the shortest speech of the night - turns out Jimmy Kimmel put his money where his mouth is.

His winning time was 36 seconds, by the way.

WINNER: Best picture

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And the winner is...

The Shape of Water

Blimey.

This is a little surprising. Three Billboards was thought to be the favourite to take home the night's big prize.

But in the end, the fairytale story about a mute cleaner who falls in love with an amphibious creature takes the trophy.

Guillermo del Toro makes his way to the stage accept the prize, jokingly checking Warren Beatty's envelope.

"A few weeks ago, Steven Spielberg said, 'If you find yourself on the podium, remember that you are part of a world of filmmakers, and be proud of it'.

"I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker that is showing us how things are done, really they are. In every country in the world.

"When I was a kid enamoured with movies, growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen, it happens.

"Everyone that is using the genre of fantasy to tell the story about things that are happening in the world today, you can do it. This is a door, kick it open and come in."

The other nominees were:

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

They're back!

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway return to the stage to present best picture. What could possibly go wrong this year?

"As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," jokes Faye.

As they were being introduced by Jimmy Kimmel, the chat show host joked that what happened last year was just "Waterhouse under the bridge."

(A reference to PriceWaterhouseCoopers who were responsible for the envelope mishap.)

A change in tradition for presenters in the acting categories

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Usually, you get the best actor from the previous year presenting the award to the best actress - and vice versa.

But things were changed up a bit when Casey Affleck decided to pull out of presenting (he'd won the Oscar for Manchester by the Sea at the 2017 awards).

Instead, we've had the best actress award presented by Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence, and the best actor presented by Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda.

Emma Stone, who would have traditionally given out that Oscar, was the presenter for best director instead.

WINNER - Best actress

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Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

No surprises here - McDormand has won every best actress prize going this awards season, including the same accolade at the Baftas and the Golden Globes.

"I'm hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over pick me up cause I've got some things to say," she says.

"I want to thank Martin McDonagh look what you did. We are a bunch of hooligans and anarchists but we do clean up nice.

She continues: "If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees stand with me in this room tonight. The film makers the producers the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the songwirters, the designers," she says - as many women in the audience get to their feet.

"Look around, because we all have stories to tell," McDormand says. "I have two words to leave with you tonight: Inclusion rider."

*The whole world Googles the term inclusion rider*

The other nominees were:

  • Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
  • Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep - The Post

WINNER: Best actor

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Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

“My deepest thanks to the academy for this glorious prize,” Oldman says.

“The movies – such is their power - captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream.

“I’d like to salute Winston Churchill who has been marvellous company on what has been an incredible journey.”

Oldman also thanks his mother who is “99 years young next birthday” and who is “watching from the comfort of her sofa”.

“Put the kettle on – I’m bringing Oscar home.”

The award was presented by Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren.

The other nominees were:

  • Timothee Chalamet - Call Me By Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
  • Denzel Washington - Roman J Israel, Esq

WINNER: Best director

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The Shape of Water - Guillermo Del Toro

Accepting the prize, he says: "I am an immigrant, like many of you... and I think the greatest thing our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand, we should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.

He also thanks Fox Searchlight, "because in 2014 they came to listen to a mad pitch, and they believed that a fairytale about an amphibian man and a mute woman was a sure bet."

This is the fourth win for a Mexican director in five years.

The other nominees in this category were:

  • Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan
  • Get Out - Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig
  • Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

What's still to come?

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Emma Stone is presenting the award for best director

It doesn't feel like there have been any huge surprises yet. Most of those expected to pick up Oscars have done so - several of whom, like Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell, had already collected an armful of awards for their films.

But we could have a few surprises still to come, as we're not too far away from finding out who's won best picture.

It's been such a tightly-fought race and still feels, at this stage, like it could go to a number of films.

The Shape of Water went into the Academy Awards as the film holding the most nominations - but some feel it has lost its momentum in the best picture race. Then there's Three Billboards - but some feel a few of its characters were problematic.

Now that Jordan Peele has picked up the original screenplay for Get Out, could he go all the way and win best picture? It would certainly be a popular win. On the red carpets at all the pre-Oscars awards and events this week, it was the film the other stars seemed to mention the most.

We don't have long to go to find out...

In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section pays tribute to some of the figures from the world of film we've lost in the past year.

Eddie Vedder performed Tom Petty’s Room at the Top.

Sir Roger Moore, Sridevi, Jonathan Demme, John Heard, Don Rickles and Shashi Kapoor are among the names remembered.

The Silent Child filmmakers on 'amazing' win

Lauren Turner

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Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton are backstage with us.

This is amazing. It means the world to us. Not only as film-makers and creatives, but the subject is incredibly close to my heart.

I'm so proud of us, putting disability in front of a huge audience.

Rachel Shenton

Her fiance Chris Overton says when their name was called, he looked up to where Maisie Sly was sitting and could see her shouting with happiness.

Rachel adds with a smile: "I'm surprised she stayed awake!"

Chris says it's "incredible" to get this kind of platform and that the win is "huge for deafness and for deaf people".

WINNER: Best original song

Remember Me - Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

That's two Oscars for Coco too.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez says she feels proud to be in one of the few categories where which is not only diverse, but has equal gender representation across all the songwriters.

The other nominees were:

  • Mighty River - Mudbound (Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson)
  • The Mystery of Love - Call Me By Your Name (Sufjan Stevens)
  • Stand Up for Something - Marshall (Common & Diane Warren)
  • This Is Me - The Greatest Showman (Benji Pasek & Justin Paul)
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