It was predicted to be one of the most political Oscars awards shows ever.
In the end, there were no fireworks on Hollywood’s biggest night.
The Time’s Up movement – which the organisers had promised would feature but not dominate – ran as a seam throughout the show.
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The issues of harassment and mistreatment, dragged into the limelight by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, have been impossible to ignore this awards season.
Host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue – suggesting the Oscar statuette was the least threatening male in Hollywood – showed the industry is ready to laugh at the scandal which has rocked it to its core.
But the presence of Time’s Up grandees Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek was a powerful and defining statement that the cultural shift is built to last in Hollywood and beyond.
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Talking of powerful, Frances McDormand used her platform as winner of the Oscar for best actress to call on her fellow female nominees to stand and take a bow – and pushed them to call for an equal deal.
On the subject of the treatment of women, one off-note for the Academy was the win for basketball legend Kobe Bryant. A petition had called for him to be withdrawn over a sexual assault case 15 years ago.
Last year we expected Donald Trump to dominate the Oscars. This year, there were brief nods to immigration and the status of the so-called “dreamers” but the tone was moderate.
The gimmick of taking stars to surprise cinema-goers in the theatre next door was cute but it is not what will live in the memory.
One highlight for film fans will have been the win, at the 14th attempt, of a first Oscar for British cinematographer Roger Deakins.
The presence of director Greta Gerwig and cinematographer Rachel Morrison as nominees was rightly noted as historic but there were not the wins to take it to a new level.
Similarly, the progress the Academy has made on diversity was recognised, but there is no doubt there is much further to go.
For many, the double act of Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph on the issue of race in Hollywood will have been a highlight.
And it was Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren who summed up that other theme of the night.
They spoke of the cultural change during their lives “in society and now, between women and men, in public and in private” and received a rapturous reception.
Hollywood is certainly changing and they hope it is changing for good.