Guillermo de Toro's 'Shape of Water' Wins Big At 90th Academy Awards

 Guillermo del Toro on set of The Shape Of Water

THE SHAPE OF WATER was the big winner at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro calls this fantasy film his most personal film, and it payed off with four Oscars including Best Director for del Toro and Best Picture. The film's original score by Alexandre Desplat took home the statue as well as production design. We talked to the director last year, and he explained why THE SHAPE OF WATER was the movie he's always wanted to make. For the list of winners, see below.

THE SHAPE OF WATER is a fantasy film, starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, set against the Cold War era circa 1962.  Elisa (Hawkins), a mute and lonely woman, works as a janitor in a high-security government laboratory with her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Her life is changed when they discover a classified experiment in the shape of a creature. Elisa must save this fish-like creature from a monster of a human kind -  government agent Strickland (Michael Shannon).

Director Guillermo del Toro (HELLBOY, PAN’S LABYRINTH) fascination with monsters has come full circle with THE SHAPE OF WATER. All of the Mexican-native’s films have led to what he calls his passion project THE SHAPE OF WATER. Here’s what he reveals about his journey in bringing a very personal film to the big screen.


Best Picture

The Shape of Water (WINNER)
Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers



The Shape of Water (WINNER)
Guillermo del Toro

Actor in a Leading Role

Gary Oldman (WINNER)
Darkest Hour


Actor in a Supporting Role

Sam Rockwell (WINNER)
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Actress in a Leading Role

Frances McDormand (WINNER)
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Actress in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney (WINNER)
I, Tonya

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Call Me by Your Name (WINNER)
Screenplay by James Ivory


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Get Out (WINNER)
Written by Jordan Peele


Animated Feature Film

Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson



Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
Roger A. Deakins


Costume Design

Phantom Thread (WINNER)
Mark Bridges


Documentary (Feature)

Icarus (WINNER)
Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

Documentary (Short Subject)

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (WINNER)
Frank Stiefel

Film Editing

Dunkirk (WINNER)
Lee Smith

Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) (WINNER)

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour (WINNER)
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick


Music (Original Score)

The Shape of Water (WINNER)
Alexandre Desplat

Music (Original Song)

Remember Me (WINNER)
from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Production Design

The Shape of Water (WINNER)
Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

Short Film (Animated)

Dear Basketball (WINNER)
Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

Short Film (Live Action)

The Silent Child (WINNER)
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

Sound Editing

Dunkirk (WINNER)
Richard King and Alex Gibson

Sound Mixing

Dunkirk (WINNER)
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo

Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover

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