Guillermo del Toro's fantasy love story The Shape of Water just won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2017. The award ended a great day for the film, which also took home Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water. Photo: Fox Searchlight
Co-written and directed by Del Toro, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with a mysterious fish creature who is being experimented on, played by Doug Jones. Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer round out the rest of the cast.
It's is the first flat out, sci-fi fantasy film to win Best Picture since 2004's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, making it a most unlikely winner, despite the fact it was one of the favourites as the Oscars grew closer.
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In Guillermo del Toro's latest film The Shape of Water, a mute cleaning lady falls in love with a mysterious fishman. It's a weird premise, to be sure, but nothing about how it's handled feels weird. Instead, del Toro's film is poetic, sumptuous, emotionally complex, and yet almost strikingly simple in its narrative.
For anyone familiar with the work of Guillermo Del Toro, they will know that he has a penchant for monster movies, and utilising them to explore both the innate flaws and immense beauty that humanity has to offer. Although that concept that ‘the humans were the monsters all along’ seems trite, Del Toro manages to explore it in a way that is fresh and intricate. While still hitting on the themes that fans have come to expect from him.