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The Shape Of Water triumphs at Oscar Awards

06 March 2018

Elsewhere at the Oscars Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk won big with three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), while the acting categories largely went to the expected winners.

The 90th Academy Awards crowned Guillermo del Toro's monster fable "The Shape of Water" best picture at an Oscars that confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era and sought to pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business.

In addition to best picture, the film won the Oscars for directing, original score and production design. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. Set against the backdrop of Cold War, "The Shape of Water' features Sally Hawkins in one of her strongest roles and del Toro's favourite Doug Jones as the humanoid-amphibian creature". It's taken him nearly 50 years to bring it to the screen. After the nominations were announced, the family of late playwright Paul Zindel launched legal action over "glaring similarities" between The Shape of Water and Zindel's 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper. Made for only 19 million dollars, the film has grossed 126 million dollars worldwide to date.

Gary Oldman, 59, won the Best Actor for "Darkest Hour". "We should continue to do that", he said in his acceptance speech.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the Oscars stage to present the final award of the night a year after the best picture fiasco when they mistakenly announced La La Land as the victor rather than Moonlight.

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McDormand continued: "Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

"He keeps his hands where you can see them, he never says a rude word and most importantly he has no penis at all".

Last year's embarrassing envelope mix-up over the best picture victor was turned into a running joke, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returning for a second year to announce the top prize.

In a surprise turn of events, Beatty and Dunaway were tapped to present the same prize this time around, and the presentation went without a hitch.

In another nod to the women's movements, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tapped past winners Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster - on crutches - to present McDormand's best actress Oscar. Dunaway added: "Presenting is lovelier second time around".

The Shape Of Water triumphs at Oscar Awards