Guillermo del Toro, Mexican director and gothic horror film genius, better make some room on his shelf for an Oscar. The Shape of Water was much buzzed about earlier this year at the Venice and Telluride Film Festival and now it’s the current award season darling.
Earlier this week del Toro’s lastest cinematic offering received seven Golden Globe nods – the most of any other film. The Golden Globes are the first major awards kicking off Oscar fever and providing an early indication on who will win Oscars. The director’s current project is getting the same buzz his iconic Pan’s Labyrinth movie did in 2007.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations, followed later in the week, giving Shape of Water its blessing with two nominations.
The Guadalajara native wrote, produced and directed this horror/love story set in the 1960s with a mute U.S. government worker becoming strangely attached to a top secret experimental creation – an amphibious creature. Prepare yourself for the most unlikely sex scene ever. The special effects and make up, talents he honed in Mexico, highlight the genius of del Toro.
Shape of Water opened as a limited release on December 1 and is now being shown on more movie screens across the country. The movie has been well received, earning nearly $4 million in its limited release.
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