On Sunday night during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, Guillermo del Toro‘s sophisticated adult fairy tale The Shape of Water was crowned the Best Film. Taking place in the Cold War era America in the 1960s, The Shape of Water is a mashup that combines old Hollywood with science fiction, packed full of movie homages from classic monster movies to musicals and Biblical films. As the film follows a mute custodian who falls in love with a sea creature, del Toro’s reimagined love story where the beauty falls for the beast has captivated fans from all over the world.
With its big win, we take a look back at ScreenPrism‘s video analysis of The Shape of Water, where the film’s homages and references are explained. The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as the protagonist, Michael Shannon as the film’s villain, Richard Jenkins as Hawkins’s confidant, Octavia Spencer as the best friend, and Doug Jones as the sea creature.
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