Get Out and The Shape of Water Nominated for Best Picture Oscars

Oscars 2018 Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water Get Out Jordan Peele Sally Hawkins Guillermo del Toro Daniel Kaluuya

The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were released this morning, and included a number of surprises for genre fans: Most notably, Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water were among the Best Picture nominees, with both men also recognized for Best Director and both film’s leads (Daniel Kaluuya and Sally Hawkins, respectively) earning Best Actor/Actress nods. In addition, The Shape of Water led the list of this year’s Oscar films with a total of 13 nominations.

It’s impressive to see two genre films recognized, especially as both are primarily horror mixed with other SFF elements. Before this year, only seven horror films in the history of the Oscars have been nominated for Best Picture, with only two winning (in bold): RebeccaA Clockwork OrangeThe ExorcistJawsThe Silence of the LambsSixth Sense, and Black Swan.

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The Shape of Water Frames Communication as a Revolutionary Act

The Shape of Water, 2017

Watch a Guillermo del Toro film, and chances are you’re watching a story about communication. Some of his stories are fairy tales, some are epics, some are horror, but they all revolve around this central theme—who gets to communicate, who doesn’t, how important it is, and what it costs when you’re denied that ability to connect with others. But The Shape of Water takes this theme farther than any of del Toro’s previous works. In fact, this homage to Creature From the Black Lagoon makes it clear that communication is a matter of life and death.

[Contain spoilers for The Shape of Water]

The particular oeuvre of Guillermo del Toro turns on many themes, but communication is often the spoke of his wheel. Pan’s Labyrinth is the story of a little girl whose inability to communicate her feelings amid worldly horrors leads to her retreating into a different realm. ...

The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017