The Shape of Water Bags 4 Oscar Awards including best picture!




After 13 nominations, it was the drama’s fourth win of the night; it also took home best director, production design and score.

Although the fantastical drama isn’t your typical Oscar winner — it’s an intriguing thriller with a love story between a mute (maid) woman and an amphibious monster (alien) — it was by far the front-runner with regards to nominations. At the end of the night, it also had the most wins.

With the win, it has forever etched itself in an unusual place in the winners list. It is because it has delved into the fantasy genre. These films usually involve an ordinary hero in an extraordinary situation. It incorporates imaginative and fantastic themes. These themes usually involve magic, supernatural events, or fantasy worlds. Although it is its own distinct genre, these films can overlap into the horror and science fiction also. Unlike science fiction, a fantasy film does not need to be rooted in fact. It also gives room for more artistic outlets and experimentation. This element allows the audience to be transported into a new and unique world. 

Having led the nominations list with 13, The Shape of Water, had been considered a strong candidate for the best picture Oscar, as it had also won best film at the Critics’ Awards and the Producers Guild awards. However, it had lost out to Three Billboards at both the Golden Globes and the Baftas.