Having for so always been "the biggest actor never to win the most important prize in show business", finally Gary Oldman has received his just rewards, for his lead performance in Darkest Hour.
He bested a crowded field that included Timothee Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Phantom Thread"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq").
As expected, Britain's Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for playing World War II leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros.' Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand's woman in a vengeful fury was a popular best actress victor for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. If Greta Gerwig takes home the gong for Lady Bird, her solo directorial debut, she would be only the second woman to do so since the first Academy Awards in 1929.
Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney are also heavy favorites for their supporting roles - Rockwell as a police officer in "Three Billboards" and Janney as figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother in "I, Tonya".
Streep's nomination is the 21st of her career, and the 17th as best actress, extending her lead as the performer with the most career Oscar nominations. He was nominated in the Best Actor category in 2012 for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But for some entertainment fans, the 59-year-old actor's win marks the "Darkest Hour" of the #metoo era.
It is possible history could be made at the ceremony.
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is underway in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre; with proceedings once again host Jimmy Kimmel acting as a master of ceremonies at a gala event of the entertainment world. Williams holds the record for original-score nominations with 46.