Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water is now in the clear — at least for the time being. A judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism.
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Look, The Shape of Water is great. Seriously, it is. But when you look at film history, the fact that The Shape of Water is the first science fiction film to ever win Best Picture is kind of weird. There have been decades and decades of phenomenal sci-fi films better than The Shape of Water, so for it to get the award first also feels a little frustrating. Here are some of the movies that earned the Best Picture Oscar - even if they didn't win it.
Earlier this week, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water became the first science fiction film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. And whether you believe the film deserved the award or not, it was a landmark moment for genre films. To celebrate the victory, we've gone back through our archives to see where The Shape of Water began, where it went, and so much more.
Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are great films about outsiders, made by people from non-white backgrounds. But Get Out is a lot less comforting, which is probably why it didn't win Best Picture yesterday.
Though Doug Jones doesn't have any speaking lines in The Shape of Water, the movie wouldn't have been possible without the actor's uncanny ability to seamlessly embody and bring to life the humanoid fish creature at the heart of the film's romance. But the process of becoming the character meant a few concessions. He couldn't poo while in costume, folks.
The Shape of Water is the story of a star-crossed affair between a mute woman and a fish man god-creature, a film that all but dares us to imagine the convoluted mechanism by which the latter's genitalia becomes external and, uh, able to do sex stuff with a human. It's also nominated for Best Picture now. Go figure!
Guillermo del Toro's latest film, The Shape of Water, recently garnered 13 Oscar nominations, the most of any film this year. But now it's also been accused of plagiarism.
In almost every single film Guillermo del Toro's made, the director creates vivid, imaginative, unforgettable creatures. He also famously writes long, elaborate backstories for all of his characters, whether they ends up on screen or not. So, in The Shape of Water, you'd assume del Toro crafted the ultimate backstory for arguably his most important creature ever.
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.
If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
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.
Given that we're in the Age of Superhero Films, many of 2017's biggest movies were based on comic books. However, there were just as many original sci-fi and fantasy movies that made waves last year, so it seems natural that they too would get turned into comics.
Video: Oprah Winfrey may be the one getting most of the Golden Globe Awards headlines, but the speech that immediately followed hers was one for the books too. Yesterday Guillermo del Toro was awarded Best Director for The Shape of Water and, fighting back tears, he talked about how monsters, especially his own creations, saved his life.