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The Shape of Water wins Best Picture at the Oscars

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Feb 20, 2019, 5:03 PM EST (Updated)

Guillermo del Toro's fantasy monster film won Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. This is the first time in Oscar history that a science fiction movie (let alone a creature feature) has taken home the top prize. 

The Shape of Water won big for genre and fantasy at the Oscars, nabbing the top prize of Best Picture. Director Guillermo del Toro accepted the award on behalf of the cast, who were all in attendance. The film failed to pick up any wins in acting categories despite a total of 13 nominations but did score statues in Production Design and Original Score in addition to Guillermo del Toro grabbing the statue for Best Director.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the award, returning after last year's mix-up when La La Land was announced as Best Picture when Moonlight had really won. 

The Shape of Water tells the story of two women (Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer) who work in a lab and work to free a creature (part man, part fish) who is being experimented on there. Taking place in 1960s Baltimore at the height of the Cold War, Hawkins's character, Elisa, falls in love with the creature (played by Doug Jones). As the American and Soviet governments vie for control of the fish-man, Elisa enlists the help of her co-worker (Spencer) and next-door neighbor (Richard Jenkins) in helping free the misunderstood beast.

Additional material by Josh Weiss.