"The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly."
While all the nominations for Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese didn't come as a surprise, some of this year's snubs and major successes did.
Without an emcee, the Oscars allowed award presenters and recipients to shine. It also meant the show was mercifully shorter.
Sadly, the 'Green Book' win wasn't another 'La La Land'-style mistake.
The movie's radical politics extend far beyond the main plot, making typically low key categories much more political.
'Roma' and 'The Favourite' are leading the pack.
Those worried that a black comic was being treated unfairly raised key questions facing comedy, even if it was for the wrong example.
'Call Me by Your Name' screenwriter James Ivory rocked the red carpet in the hand-painted button-down created by Andrew Mania.
We watched the long-ass award ceremony so you don't have to.
He performed Call Me By Your Name's "Mystery of Love" with a band that included St. Vincent and Moses Sumney
Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and Allison Janney all took home Oscars on Sunday night.
The musician performed "Mystery of Love" from 'Call Me by Your Name' alongside St Vincent.