Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Shape of Water

Late Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I saw The Shape of Water at the Palladio 16 in Folsom. Until the Oscar nominations are announced on January 23, we are guessing which films will be nominated. The Shape of Water is on most lists that I have seen as a possible best picture nominee.

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who befriends a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.

The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. The film won for Best Director and Best Original Score at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, while also receiving nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress – Drama (Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Spencer), Best Supporting Actor (Jenkins), and Best Screenplay.

Leaving the film, I asked Sharon what she thought. She said that she enjoyed and that it exceeded her expectations. While Sharon enjoyed it more than I did, I found it much more watchable than several of last year's Oscar nominees, such as Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. I don't believe that it will win best picture over Lady bird or Three Billboards.

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