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“The Shape of Water”, victorious at the 2018 Oscar gala

Sci-fi/fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro has won the Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars on Sunday night.

The movie won a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Director for del Toro, and awards for both original score and production design.

The win follows industry victories at the Producers and Directors Guild Awards for the film, which led the field overall with 13 nominations this year. “The Shape of Water” won best-film honors from a number of critics organizations in 2017, including groups in Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, and Phoenix. It also received the Critics’ Choice Award for best picture.

The film, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, grossed USD 113.7 million worldwide. It was produced for just under USD 20 million. The film tells the story of a lonely janitor who forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity at a top secret research facility in the 1960s.

The other best-picture nominees were “Call Me by Your Name,”Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,”The Post,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” however brought Frances McDormand an Oscar for the Best Actress in a leading role, while Sam Rockwell, starring in the same film, won the Best Supporting Actor prize.

Gary Oldman won the Best Actor in a leading role for his part as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

Alison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “I, Tonya.”

Jordan Peele wins the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – Get Out.

A Fantastic Woman“,  a Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, about a transgender woman, grabbed the prize for the Best Foreign Language Film.

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, which had earned eight nominations, was limited to just three wins in technical categories, including sound mixing, sound editing, and film editing.

“Blade Runner 2049” stood out for it pair of visuals-oriented wins, including Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography, the latter of which earned legendary director of photography Roger Deakins his first Oscar win.

“Coco” won the prize for the best Animated Feature Film.

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