The 2019 Oscars welcomed a variety of stars to the mix and, interestingly for us Brits, saw ex-Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton win a statue.
With the winners made up of the like of Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water and Frances McDormund for her turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Shenton, 30, scooped the award for Best Live Action Short Film for The Silent Child and used sign language in her acceptance speech.
The win solidified a winning night for British talent, with Gary Oldman taking the Best Actor award home for The Darkest Hour.
The current team at Hollyoaks, where Shenton played the role of Mitzeee between 2010 and 2013, congratulated the star on her success.
The show’s producer, Bryan Kirkwood, sent a warm message to the soap’s former actress, after her win.
‘Everyone at Hollyoaks is thrilled for the outstanding success of our much loved ex-colleague Rachel Shenton at the 2018 Oscars. The Silent Child is an inspirational, beautiful story, and we send our love and congratulations for her very worthy win,’ he told Metro.
Fans also tweeted their glee for Shenton, saying how happy they were for her.
— RachelTeate (@RachelTeate) March 5, 2018
Rachel Shenton from Stoke won an OSCAR last night!! Anything is possible!! pic.twitter.com/sidq4JJe9X
— Sabrine (@sabrine_miley) March 5, 2018
— Leigh Van Bryan (@LeighBryan) March 5, 2018
So so unbelievably happy for @RachelShenton and her amazing film @SilentChildFilm that they won an OSCAR last night!! Absolutely incredible !! And you looked so beautiful and the speech was sensational.. ah!! #Oscars #dreamsdocometrue #SilentChildFilm
— Alice Barlow (@Alice_Barlow) March 5, 2018
Elsewhere, Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actresss for her impressive role in I, Tonya, Pixar’s Coco nabbed Best Animated Film, and Netflix’s Icarus won Best Documentary.
While Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph immediately won people’s vote as next year’s hosts, it marked a disappointing year for women in Hollywood when men dominated the winners list.