March 18, 2018

Guillermo del Toro wins directing Oscar for 'The Shape of Water'

05 March 2018, 11:15 | Erma Lawrence

Guillermo del Toro wins directing Oscar for 'The Shape of Water'

90th Oscars Speech: THE SHAPE OF WATER; Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale (BEST PICTURE)

"The Shape of Water, ' which led with 13 nominations, won two other Oscars besides best picture and director, for best production design and original score".

Until the Oscars begin later tonight, let's take a fun look at a retro 50's monster-movie style trailer that really beings the film's The Creature from the Black Lagoon connection to the surface.

Despite stiff competition in one of the most unpredictable best picture races of recent memory, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" took the top prize at Sunday's Academy Awards. Del Toro beat out four other directors for the win - Greta Gerwig, nominated for her semi-autobiographical solo debut Lady Bird; Jordan Peele, nominated for his thriller Get Out; Paul Thomas Anderson, nominated for his drama Phantom Thread; and Christopher Nolan, nominated for his experiential World War II epic Dunkirk.

Hollywood's best and brightest are gathering to celebrate the films of 2017. Coco won again this time for the best song Remember Me.

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong'o to salute the so-called Dreamers - immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation. "And, so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you", Nanjiani said.

Who will win: This category is made a little easier to predict as "Get Out" picked up the Best Original Screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America.

Netflix Inc, which is investing heavily in documentary and feature films, won best documentary for "Icarus" about the Olympic doping scandal in Russian Federation.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stole the show presenting the Oscar for best documentary short subject.

The women behind the Time's Up campaign against sexual harassment are not planning an organized demonstration at the Oscars, but organizers say there will be a "moment" during the broadcast in recognition of the movement. "We did the dress code thing and now we're doing the work", said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the red carpet.

Speaking to E!'s Live from the Red Carpet, the actor revealed that he often felt out of place as a child.

Twenty years ago, a "Titanic" sweep won record ratings for the Oscar broadcast. Although the lame bit fell flat, it turned out to be one of the most amusing gags throughout the night, as honorees worked it into their thank-you speeches. The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, was placed front-and-center, at the Dolby Theatre.

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