Later in the evening, best actress victor Frances McDormand asked all the women nominees in the room to stand. Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, who led the newspaper's reporting about the Weinstein scandal, tweeted: "The most striking thing, here in the room, about watching the female nominees stand?"
Oldman's ex-wife Donya Fiorentino, who claims Oldman was physically and emotionally abusive towards her throughout their four year marriage, put these questions to the Academy yesterday. "I'm feeling good that I got it the first time".
Gary Oldman today clinched his career's first Oscar for Best Actor for his life-like portrayal of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the period drama "Darkest Hour". "This year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away", Kimmel jokingly advised winners.
Bryant is accused of swiping McDormand's Oscar statuette from the black-tie Governor's Ball where Oscar winners have their awards engraved.
The big prize, Best Picture, went to The Shape of Water, a attractive love story about two outsiders: a mute woman and a half-man-half-fish. The Shape of Water won four of its 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. If there is an upset it will be by the very talented Saoirse Ronan of "Lady Bird".
He is up against Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, both for Three Billboards, and The Shape Of Water's Richard Jenkins and The Florida Project's Willem Dafoe. Same year she tied the knot with Joel and in 1995 the two adopted a son from Paraguay, Pedro McDormand Coen. He is also the oldest person to win an acting Oscar, earning a supporting-actor honor for "Beginners" at age 82. This time, the correct winning film was announced, and "The Shape of Water" cast and crew thanked the public.
The other director in the running is Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread. This will also be his third nomination. "The Shape of Water" earned its second Oscar as it was announced as the victor for Original Music Score category. "Hugely talented. I sat with him tonight and said - in the voice of Arnold - you'll be back", said Oldman.
Thankfully, there was no horrifying mix-up like last year's infamous ceremony.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Of course, everyone wants the story that I'm sour-faced about it". Williams holds the record for original-score nominations with 46.