Fantasy fiction film The Shape of Water had 13 nominations and won four Oscars, including ‘Best Production Design’, ‘Best Original Music Score’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture’.
Director Guillermo del Toro dedicated the Oscar to young filmmakers.
After winning the Oscar for the ‘Best Picture’, in his speech, del Toro dedicated the Oscar to “every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done.” He also spoke about a bit of advice he received from producer Steven Spielberg weeks prior to the Oscars. He was told “If you find yourself there on the podium, remember that you are part of a legacy, you are part of a world of filmmakers and be prod of it”.
Del Toro’s Mexican background is breaking cultural barriers.
Three years ago, the #OscarsSoWhite campaign created a backlash for not creating diversity in filmmaking. Due to which, many actors decided to boycott the awards ceremony. However, since last year, the Oscars’ voting committee has put films made by diverse backgrounds into focus, with the 2016 film ‘Moonlight’, starring an all-black cast winning the ‘Best Picture’ and this year, Del Toro, Mexican, winning ‘Best Director’, it implies positive signs of change in mindsets and welcoming diverse films.
This isn’t Del Toro’s first Oscar.
Previously, Del Toro’s film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ won big at the 2007 Oscars. It was about the dangerous tasks an ailing princess went through to achieve immorality. The film won ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Art Direction’ and ‘Best Makeup’. The film also received three nominations.
A lawsuit was filed against the film for plagiarism.
Recently, a lawsuit was filed by David Zindel, son of playwright Paul Zindel, who wrote the 1969 Dutch play ‘Let Me Hear You Whisper’ for plagiarising the play’s concepts. However, Fox Searchlight and Del Toro denied the allegations.
The 90th Oscars took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. To see the list of winners, go to www.oscar.go.com/winners