Directors have been making cameos in their own movies since the early days of cinema, so it’s appropriate that The Shape of Water – which is at least partially a throwback to classic Hollywood – would include a cameo from its own filmmaker as well. It also seems appropriate that an iconoclast director like Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t have a traditional cameo in his movie; even if you were straining your eyes to look for him, you’d never see del Toro’s face on screen during the entire run time. That’s because he appears in a more unconventional cameo, aiding actor Doug Jones in bringing his exotic fish-man creature to life.
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This past weekend, our friends across the pond doled out the British equivalent of the Oscars with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or the BAFTAs. The honors sometimes serve as a prognosticator of what might unfold at the Academy Awards, and since the awards for Best Film and Best Director ended up being split across two different movies, that makes the Oscar race all the more interesting.
The 2018 BAFTAs handed out last night gave Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the top prize for Best Film, but it wasn’t director Martin McDonagh who ended up winning Best Director. Instead that honor went to The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. Could this be a preview of how the Oscars will go down next month?
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The Director’s Guild Of America awards have already been handed out, giving Guillermo del Toro one of several major victories on his path to potentially (and seemingly likely) winning Best Director at the Academy Awards. But before the awards took place, all of the DGA nominees got together for an extensive conversation about their filmmaking process and more.
At the Director’s Guild of America’s Los Angeles Theater on February 3, 2018, Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), and Jordan Peele (Get Out) all sat down for a three-hour conversation for the annual Meet the Nominees symposium.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this special The Shape of Water edition, take a deep dive into all the hard work that went into the Best Picture nominated film, such as the intricate production design and the stunning cinematography. Plus, director Guillermo del Toro breaks down a key scene from the film, and star Sally Hawkins has a Tinder date with another fish man and it’s not nearly as satisfying. Read More »
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There’s one word that pops up more than any other in filmmaker Guillermo del Toro‘s commentaries: love.
An Academy Award nominee this year for The Shape of Water, del Toro has nothing but affection for his worlds and characters, even some of the most monstrous of his creations. The director always finds light in the darkest corners of his filmography. As often as del Toro is lauded for his imagination, his commentaries are a reminder that, as a storyteller, he doesn’t get enough credit for the amount of empathy he displays.
The Mexican filmmaker is constantly wearing his passion and sincerity on his sleeve, partially because he’s never at a loss for words in his commentaries. I’ve listened to some of the tracks recommended below more than once, and the second time around, it was still like holding a key to unlock the mind of the visionary for two wonderful hours. Commentary tracks were made for directors like Guillermo del Toro.
Here are four must-hear Guillermo del Toro audio commentaries.
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Last night the Directors Guild of America handed out their awards honoring the best achievements in directing from the previous year. This includes directing for feature films as well as dramatic and comedic television. So who came away with the big prizes?
On the feature film side of things, Guillermo del Toro took the top prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his work on the Best Picture nominated The Shape of Water, putting him on the level with his “Three Amigos” compadres Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro González Iñárritu. But Get Out director Jordan Peele didn’t go home empty-handed since he won Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. As for the rest of the 2018 DGA Awards winners, you’ll have to check out the full list below. Read More »
As we lurch into the final weeks before the Oscars, a few more awards groups have given out their top prizes. Ceremonies like the Art Directors Guild’s Awards and the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards offer some much-deserved accolades to films and artists that often escape the spotlight at the Academy Awards…and they also offer a way for us to narrow down our Oscars betting pools.
Here’s who won big at the ADG Awards and ACE Eddie Awards this weekend.
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Cinema is full of famous couples, and pop culture artist Nan Lawson pays tribute to nearly a couple dozen of them in her Meet Cute 2 art show at Gallery 1988. However, rather than assembling the most obvious couples from the big screen, Lawson has focused on some more niche choices and less likely pairings that we’ve seen in movies over the years.
Gallery 1988 has unveiled the entire line-up of pieces in the Nan Lawson Meet Cute 2 art show, featuring the couples of The Big Lebowski, Beetlejuice, Baby Driver, Mary Poppins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Parks and Recreation, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bob’s Burgers, Batman Returns, Stranger Things, The Shape of Water and more. Read More »
This week The Shape of Water made a splash at the Academy Awards by pulling in 13 nominations. The adult fairy tale from director Guillermo del Toro is an absolute masterpiece, and making it an even more impressive achievement in filmmaking is that the movie somehow cost less than $20 million. And after you watch The Shape of Water visual effects breakdown that has emerged online, you’ll wonder how the hell they pulled it off. But if you haven’t seen the movie yet, beware of possible spoilers. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by Jacob Hall
The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nods.
The full list of nominees can be found below.
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