The Shape of Water leads the field with 13 nominations. "We need to set an example", said host Jimmy Kimmel, one of Trump's celebrity foils, during his opening monologue. And it is extremely important when we do it, to remember where we're from.
Taking best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the unpredictable star appeared genuinely excited, hyperventilating and joking, "I think this is what (Olympic snowboarder) Chloe Kim must have felt like after she did back-to-back 1080s".
Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani talks about how "dreams are the foundation of America". "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong".
The next and final category to predict is the adapted screenplay.
"To everybody who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you", said Peele, a former sketch comedian now touted as a visionary filmmaker. I want you to be my mama one day.
There were a number of Oscar firsts.
Also on Sunday, Disney's Pixar Animation Studios claimed best animated feature and original song for "Coco", the story of a young Mexican boy with a passion for music.
88 - If Christopher Plummer wins best supporting actor he would be the oldest victor in an acting category, but he's likely to be beaten by Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
"Darkest Hour" won for best makeup.
Sunday's Oscars ceremony offered something for everyone, tackling Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal and last year's best-picture blunder while sharing its awards love with first-timers, LGBT movies and films about other cultures. The period romance "Phantom Thread" won for costume design.
With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, "Let's get it right this time!"
"Inclusion rider", she intoned, just before leaving the stage.
The statuesque 58-year-old Janney, the overwhelming favorite in the category, bested another actress playing a stern mother, Laurie Metcalf in "Lady Bird", as well as Octavia Spencer for "The Shape of Water".