Ending months of speculation, the 90th Academy Awards crowned this year’s greatest achievements in filmmaking on Sunday. The winner of the Oscar for Best Picture? The Shape of Water.
If you’re just tuning in now, yes, the winner was that movie about falling in love with a fish. Trust us—and the critics, and audiences, and the Academy—it’s actually really good.
The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who slowly falls in love with an amphibious “fish man,” the subject to brutal experiments in a strange laboratory in 1960s Baltimore during the height of the Cold War. The beautiful but dark film is part historical drama and part fairy tale—basically, what you would expect from director Guillermo del Toro (who also wrote and directed Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Pan’s Labyrinth). It’s also a gorgeous ode to traditional filmmaking, which the Academy was more than willing to reward.
Guillermo del Toro also won Best Director for The Shape of Water and the film took home a total of four awards (Best Picture, Directing, Original Score, and Production Design) of thirteen nominations, the most of any film at the 90th Academy Awards.
In case you were wondering, Dunkirk (directed by Christopher Nolan) came in second with three Oscars for Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. Best Actor went to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and Best Actress went to Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
We admit that we’re a little sad that Get Out didn’t take home the top prize, but writer and director Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for his debut film. The real tragedy? Coming-of-age story Lady Bird went home with zero Oscars despite securing five nominations.