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Not only did the film get a good handful of statuettes, but Guillermo del Toro also won the Oscar for best director, becoming the fourth Oscar won by a Mexican director in the last five years.

Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell both took home expected wins for their roles in "Three Billboards", for Best Lead Actress and Supporting Actor, respectively, with McDormand delivering a rousing acceptance speech and calling on every woman nominated in the audience to stand. Of course one of the year's most buzzed-about and downright odd films deserves to have all those mementos on its awards shelf, right next to its shiny new Oscar statuettes.

"I'd like to thank the Academy - never thought I'd say those words!" the ebullient journeyman actor said. "We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore".

Kraus has previously won two Odyssey Awards and landed on Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Year.

Earlier in the show, Canadians Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau shared the best production design trophy for crafting the look of the Cold War-era merman romance, which stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls for a captive and abused amphibian creature, played by Doug Jones. "We all have stories to tell", McDormand proclaimed. "The world is watching us; we need to set an example".

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I want to thank the people that have come with me all the way: Kimmy, Robert, Gary, Wayne and George.

Director Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and others spoke in a video segment about progress in smashing barriers in the industry around racism and sexism.

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies. A handful of films were rewarded the most prestigious awards of the night.

As soon as he reached the stage, del Toro, who also won Best Director, double-checked the winning envelope to ensure his film's victory (after 2017's notorious mix-up).

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