Fantasy romance The Shape of Water was the big winner at the Oscars in Hollywood on Sunday night, winning in four categories, including the double of Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.
The Shape of Water also took the awards for Best Original Score and Production Design. Its Best Picture and Best Director wins marked a return to the same film taking the top two awards, which in recent years had gone to separate films.
Director Guillermo del Toro dedicates his Best Picture Oscar for 'The Shape of Water' to 'every young filmmaker.' "This is a door, kick it open and come in." https://t.co/PR48iXw93O #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Ysa7zsJumA— ABC News (@ABC) March 5, 2018
Accepting the Best Picture Oscar, Mexican filmmaker del Toro shared the advice he had been given by Steven Spielberg.
"A few weeks ago Steven Spielberg said: '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 proud of it'," del Toro recounted. "I am very proud of it."
He dedicated his win to "every young filmmaker," and ended by saying: "You can do it, this is a door, kick it open and come in."
Del Toro had been the favourite to win Best Director, with opinion divided as to whether The Shape of Water or Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri would receive the top award of the night, Best Picture.
As with Best Director, there were no surprises in the acting categories: Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Best Actress and Supporting Actor for their respective performances in Three Billboards. Gary Oldman was named Best Actor for Darkest Hour, with Allison Janney winning Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya.
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The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gary OIdman, Darkest Hour
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Adapted Screenplay
James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
Best Documentary Feature
Icarus, Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Best Animated Feature Film
Coco, Lee Unkrich and Darla K Anderson
Best Original Score
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song
Remember Me from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball, Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
Best Documentary Short Film
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel
Best Live Action Short Film
The Silent Child, Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
Blade Runner 2049, Roger A Deakins
Best Production Design
The Shape of Water, Paul D Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A Melvin
Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R Hoover
Best Film Editing
Dunkirk, Lee Smith
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Best Costume Design
Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
Best Sound Editing
Dunkirk, Richard King and Alex Gibson
Best Sound Mixing
Dunkirk, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten