For the Oscar-winners, the times, they’ve a-changed

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NO ONE was going to mix up the envelopes at this year’s Academy Awards. Each one had the category embossed in small block capitals in the middle, and in thick gold block capitals in the top and bottom corners, so that the people at the back of the Dolby Theatre could have read them, as well as the presenters on the stage. After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the winner for best picture was “The Shape of Water”, the film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, jokingly double-checked that there hadn’t been a mistake, as there was last year when Mr Beatty and Ms Dunaway gave the prize to “La La Land”, only to give it to “Moonlight” a minute later. One might think that Mr del Toro (pictured below) was purely joking. He had to like his chances, since “The Shape of Water” had already won Oscars for director, score and production design.

But there was doubt about best picture, one of the few categories in which there was any mystery. Mr del Toro’s gorgeous amphibian-human love story triumphed, but “Three Billboards…Continue reading

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