The Shape of Water has made quite a splash at this year's Golden Globes by winning two major awards. As the movie with the most nominations of the evening (it got seven), Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fairy tale won Best Director – Motion Picture for del Toro.
"Since childhood I've been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them," del Toro said in a poignant speech while accepting the award for Best Director, actually shouting down the music meant to wrap up his speech and drive him offstage ("it's taken 25 years, give me a minute!"). "Monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection. For 25 years, I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, color, light, and shadow ... These strange stories, these fables, have saved my life."
He paid homage to his "fables" (comprised of The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth, and The Shape of Water) but also gave major shoutouts to the invaluable women involved with the production of Water, like cast members Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, his screenwriting partner Vanessa Taylor, and Fox Searchlight president Nancy Utley. "I thank you, my monsters thank you," he finished.
The film also won Best Original Score – Motion Picture for Alexandre Desplat's theremin/B-movie-inspired soundtrack. "Guillermo, your movie has moved me so much, inspired me so much, because it's made of your humanity, your passion," said Desplat while accepting the award.
What can we say? People love a good old-fashioned human-fishman love story.
The other categories in which the film was nominated but did not win were Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Sally Hawkins), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (Octavia Spencer) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (Richard Jenkins), Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (del Toro and Taylor)
While it didn't win all seven of the awards it was nominated for, The Shape of Water has been a strong contender during the current awards season. To date, the movie has won over 30 accolades, with more still to be decided. For example, it nabbed a whopping 14 Critics' Choice Award nominations, the results of which don't come until January 11. Guillermo & Co. still stand a chance of winning some prizes at the Oscars, maybe even Best Picture. Why not? It's high time that sci-fi took home cinema's top award for the first time ever.