the shape of water como se realizo la pelicula relacion con mundo real pkg miguel angel antonanzas_00004425.jpg
the shape of water como se realizo la pelicula relacion con mundo real pkg miguel angel antonanzas_00004425.jpg
Now playing
01:48
Oscars 2018 by the numbers
PHOTO: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
01:25
The weird way Oscar votes are counted
A view of oscar statuettes backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Christopher Polk/Getty Images
A view of oscar statuettes backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Now playing
04:13
Why Hollywood spends millions to win Oscars
Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio speaks during an interview with AFP in Mexico City on January 29, 2019. - Aparicio, an indigenous Mexican woman, earned a best-actress nomination for the Oscars for her role in the Netflix film Roma. (Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio speaks during an interview with AFP in Mexico City on January 29, 2019. - Aparicio, an indigenous Mexican woman, earned a best-actress nomination for the Oscars for her role in the Netflix film Roma. (Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP) (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:55
'Roma' star makes history
Alex Honnold making the first free solo ascent of El Capitan
PHOTO: Jimmy Chin/National Geographic/Jimmy Chin
Alex Honnold making the first free solo ascent of El Capitan's Freerider in Yosemite National Park, CA. (National Geographic/Jimmy Chin)
Now playing
02:48
Climbing a 3,000-foot cliff without ropes
Oscars seat filler orig_00012705.jpg
Oscars seat filler orig_00012705.jpg
Now playing
01:32
Confessions of an Oscars seat filler
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:49
Regina King prepared for this role her whole life
Now playing
01:51
See texts Michelle Obama's mom sent about her 'star' status
Now playing
00:10
This video is no longer available
Now playing
03:09
Spike Lee: Art makes people wake up and think
Oscars multiple actors nominees _00000026.jpg
Oscars multiple actors nominees _00000026.jpg
Now playing
01:14
Oscars edition: Where have I seen them ...?
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in "A Star is Born."
PHOTO: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in "A Star is Born."
Now playing
00:59
'A Star Is Born' leads SAG Award nominations
PHOTO: 20th Century Fox
Now playing
06:06
The story behind viral song 'This is Me'
Lady Gaga arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York.  / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lady Gaga arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:00
#MeToo, Time's Up movements dominate awards season
stars awards show prep tips_00000000.jpg
stars awards show prep tips_00000000.jpg
Now playing
01:07
How stars prepare for awards shows
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  John Legend poses in the press room during the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: John Legend poses in the press room during the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Now playing
00:57
John Legend's EGOT win makes history
(CNN) —  

“The Shape of Water” floated to the top as best picture at the 90th annual Academy Awards, bringing a suspenseful close to an awards season punctuated by the sexual-harassment scandals that have roiled Hollywood.

The Oscars are a big, unwieldy beast, which invariably try to serve too many masters. Yet if the intent was ultimately to maintain a celebratory tone without ignoring either the outside world or the elephant in the room throughout this year’s awards, host Jimmy Kimmel and the show itself largely succeeded.

Aside from best picture, the awards both spread the wealth among a number of films and mostly followed the anticipated script, with few major surprises among the highest-profile categories. The show also managed to deal with serious issues – from Time’s Up to diversity and inclusion – without sacrificing a sense of fun and irreverence.

Host Jimmy Kimmel at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018
PHOTO: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Host Jimmy Kimmel at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Last year, the two-month awards process was dominated by the collective response to the newly minted Trump administration. While politics played a significant part in Sunday’s telecast, there was also the matter of the #MeToo movement, as the entertainment industry still seeks to get its own house in order.

Kimmel addressed the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up campaign head-on in his opening monologue, which mocked various targets – including, inevitably, the Trump White House – with a light, clever touch.

Actors Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018
PHOTO: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Actors Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018

Indeed, while Kimmel might have become a more polarizing figure with his entry into the healthcare and gun-control debates, he again brought a genial persona to the emcee role, one that somewhat leavened the seriousness and bouts of pretentiousness that can drip into the ceremony.

Related: Of course, the Oscars had plenty of political moments

Toward that end, Kimmel not only joked about the show’s length but offered a jet ski as an incentive to whoever gave the shortest speech. (This being the Oscars – a career milestone for honorees – the sentiment is admirable, but they might need a bigger boat.)

The host also again enlisted ordinary people into the act – this time taking a group of stars to surprise the audience in a nearby theater. As with last year’s similar stunt, the idea was better than the execution, but it did give the show a welcome and refreshing jolt of energy.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel (C), Australian actress Margot Robbie (R), Israeli actress Gal Gadot (C,L) and actor Armie Hammer interact with movie goers at the Chinese theatre during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
PHOTO: MARK RALSTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel (C), Australian actress Margot Robbie (R), Israeli actress Gal Gadot (C,L) and actor Armie Hammer interact with movie goers at the Chinese theatre during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

In terms of politics, Kimmel extended an endorsement to the planned march for gun control being organized by students impacted by the Parkland school shooting. When the documentary “Icarus,” about a Russian whistleblower, won, he deadpanned, “Now we know at least [Vladimir] Putin didn’t rig this competition.”

The audience also loudly cheered acknowledgment of the Dreamers, those youths brought to America without legal documentation; “Coco,” the animated feature, whose producers gave thanks to Mexico, where the story takes place; and Common’s passionate rap, which took President Trump to task on multiple fronts. Director Guillermo del Toro also spoke of the power of film to tear down walls, not erect them.

Actors Lupita Nyong
PHOTO: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Actors Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018

The issue of sexual harassment was given powerful voice by several actresses who have publicly spoken out about disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, allegations that, because of his outsized role, cast a shadow over awards season. Ashley Judd cited “a mighty chorus that is finally saying Time’s Up.” Frances McDormand also used her speech to deliver a message of female empowerment, having all the women nominees stand – a symbolic gesture if there ever was one.

Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
PHOTO: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

For an event like the Oscars, avoiding major snafus is always part of the challenge, especially after last year’s envelope mix-up. Bringing back Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as presenters nicely added closure to that farcical finale.

There were, admittedly, an over-abundance of clip packages, although given the 90th-anniversary milestone, that was hardly a surprise.

The producers also provided the requisite mix of old and new, featuring the stars of superhero fare like “Black Panther” and “Wonder Woman” while giving nostalgic nods to Eva Marie Saint, Rita Moreno and Jane Fonda. Throw in screenplay winner James Ivory, 89, and for an industry that prize’s youth, it was an inordinately good night for octogenarians.

Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of "The Shape of Water" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018
PHOTO: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of "The Shape of Water" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018

While the best-picture balloting kept Oscar watchers guessing, the acting nominations went according to form, including lead actors McDormand and Gary Oldman, and supporting honors for Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

The Oscars are still absorbing the impact of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the hash tag created a few years ago in response to the absence of people of color among nominees. Since then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expanded its membership by roughly 20% and inducted more women and people of color, new blood that might have had an impact on the awards, producer more openness to genres that have usually been overlooked in the past.

Notably, sexual-harassment claims also bled into the pre-show coverage, with the E! network featuring Ryan Seacrest emceeing its red-carpet arrivals despite allegations against him by a former wardrobe stylist, which the host has denied.