Guillermo del Toro's The Shape Of Water picks up best picture in an Oscars ceremony that went according to plan and script.

The sci-fi love story won the two main awards of the night, with Guillermo del Toro taking home best director for what he called "a mad pitch".

No surprises there, with odds largely in favour of del Toro taking home both gongs.

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Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won the main acting nods, again in line with expectations and betting odds, for their roles in Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

It was Oldman's first ever Oscar win, and the Briton thanked America for welcoming him years ago.

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"I owe this and so much more to so many. I have lived in America for the longest time and I am deeply grateful to her. My home, my family and my Oscar," he said in the acceptance speech.

"The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream. Thank you for this."

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But the most applauded speech of the night was McDormand's, who asked every woman nominated for an award to stand up in defiance.

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider," she said.

An "inclusion rider" is a clause that an actor can put in his or her contract, which requires a film to meet a certain level of diversity.

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Dunkirk dominated the technical awards with three wins, while British cinematographer Roger Deakins won his first Oscar after being nominated 13 times.

The biggest surprise of the night was Jordan Peele's win for best original screenplay for his racial thriller Get Out.

Peele was largely expected to go home empty-handed after winning big at the Indie Spirit Awards less than 24 hours before the Oscars.

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This time host Jimmy Kimmel had no issues presenting the show, with the right envelopes being distributed and another scandal avoided.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to present the best picture award after last year's blunder.

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"As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," Dunaway joked.

Kimmel ended the ceremony saying: "Well that's how it's supposed to go, I guess."

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