MARTIN McDONAGH, whose mother is a native of the west Sligo, saw the Oscar for Best Picture elude him early today.
His film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was nominated for Best Picture.....and even was favourite in some eyes.
But shortly after 5am Irish time this morning the big, big moment belonged to Canadian film set in America, “The Shape of Water.”
The Oscars were presented at a star-studded and glittering gala in the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Host was Jimmy Kimmel, same as last year, the late night TV anchor who earns almost a million dollars every month.
Same as last year, too, was that the top film was announced by Warren Beatty.
But none of last years fiasco — in which Beatty named the wrong film for the top gong — marred the 2018 event.
McDonagh’s film was up early on the winners podium last night, taking the very first Oscar of 2018.
Sam Rockwell was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a racist cop in “Three Billboards.....”
The ‘red carpet’ prelude is as big an event in the life of “Tinseltown” as the night’s main prizes.
But there were plenty of those, too, for McDonagh’s acclaimed film and its main stars.
A second Oscar early today (Irish time) for McDonagh’s film saw Frances McDormand taking Best Actress.
Both “Billboard.....” Oscar winners paid tribute to Martin McDonagh.
“It represents a really good discussion about compassion and inclusion,” said McDormand in her post-win press conference.
Press were chosen by numbers to ask questions.....much like the Dáil
system slammed recently by Sligo TD Marc MacSharry!
Heading into last night’s ceremony McDonagh was the ‘man to beat’ after his BAFTA triumphs in London last month.
There, McDonagh’s film took five BAFTAs, including Best Film.
The other BAFTA honours included: Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress, Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay.