So the 90th Oscars Annual Academy Awards has announced the big movie that won the big title is ‘The Shape of Water’, a romantic fable about a woman janitor who falls in love with a sea creature. The film won the best picture and best director awards at Oscars 2018, moving past Get Out, Dunkirk and Lady Bird.
It was a great night on Sunday for Guillermo del Toro and his science fiction hit The Shape of Water at the 90th Academy Awards. He not only became the fourth Mexican film director to win the Oscars in last 5 years, but he walked away with the Best Picture prize for his mastermind offbeat love story between human and a fish! The cold war-era fantasy about the triumph of outcasts fended off the satirical horror Get Out and the drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And even the billboard hits like Dunkirk and Lady Bird. And, and, the best part – the presenters of Sunday night event actually announced the correct name of the Best Picture winner, unlike the infamously botching last year’s award.
The announcement of the winners of Sunday night’s ceremony in Los Angeles into a celebration and exhortation of representation and inclusion, after a year marked by seismic cultural change in Hollywood that rippled across the world. Despite the glam of stage encrusted with sparkling Swarovski crystals and flanked by glittering Roman columns, there was a weird shadow of politics. The Oscars was vulnerable to dramatic social and economic change in the movie business. The biggest of them, certainly, the fall of Harvey Weinstein.
Not all of the evening’s more polemical moments had to do with Weinstein. At a time when tensions are rising between the U.S. and Mexico and calls of building a wall are emanating from the White House, del Toro’s victory is further proof of the enormous filmmaking talent crossing the border. On Sunday, he became the fourth Mexican director to win a best filmmaking Oscar in the last five years, joining his friends, Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“Birdman,” “The Revenant”) in the victor’s circle. The there was a bit of room for surprises—as when Jordan Peele took home a best-original-screenplay award, accepting it with a heartfelt speech that highlighted how many times he had almost abandoned the project that ended up winning him his first Oscar.