Magazine article Screen International

Del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' Shapes Awards Season Conversation

Magazine article Screen International

Del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' Shapes Awards Season Conversation

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Venice winner The Shape Of Water among early frontrunners.

The Shape Of Water

Last night’s Venice Golden Lion triumph for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water has brought this year’s awards race into sharper focus given the Italian festival’s recent habit of grooming Oscar winners.

Fox Searchlight is understood to be mounting a broad campaign for the Cold War-era fairytale that includes best picture, director for del Toro, and actress for Sally Hawkins. It receives its Canadian premiere here tomorrow (Sept 11).

The Shape Of Water will go up against Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in the best picture and directing stakes as Warner Bros mounts an all-categories push for the World War Two drama, while Paramount has high hopes for Alexander Payne’s satirical Downsizing, Netflix is getting behind Dee Rees’ race drama Mudbound, and SPC will make some noise with coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name.

Focus Features is putting its weight behind Darkest Hour and Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Focus and Annapurna’s Phantom Thread directed by PT Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis allegedly in his final role remains unseen but cannot be discounted. Denis Villeneuve will unveil Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049 next month, which Warner Bros distributes in North American and Sony handles internationally. …

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