“The Shape of Water” wins the Golden Lion at Venice

Over the weekend, the 2017 Venice Film Festival handed out their awards, with Guillermo del Toro’s ravenously received The Shape of Water taking the top prize. While the Golden Lion isn’t quite an Academy Award barometer, it’s nothing to sneeze at either. This marks an important point in the road, as things are heating up. We’re not yet at the precursor season, but any feather in your hat right now is a boon for a contender. As such, del Toro has to consider himself in a very nice place. The next few months will still be about getting the proverbial ducks in a row. The real fun is still to come. Obviously, the Golden Lion went to del Toro’s highly praised movie, as The Shape of Water got the first big awards season boost. It took home the top prize, while other highlighted winners include Charlie Plummer winning the Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress, honoring his work in Lean on Pete, as well as Martin McDonagh getting Best Screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Those were the winners among the potential Oscar vehicles, though they were hardly the only recipients. You’ll see all of those shortly, but first, there’s a bit of history that’s worth discussing. As you’ll be able to tell in a moment, the Golden Lion is hardly a forbearer of Best Picture success. For a quick comparison, this is what has won the Golden Lion each year (including this one) since 2000: 2000 – The Circle 2001 – Monsoon Wedding 2002 – The Magdalene Sisters 2003 – The Return 2004 – Vera Drake 2005 – Brokeback Mountain 2006 – Still Life 2007 – Lust, Caution 2008 – The Wrestler 2009 – Lebanon 2010 – Somewhere 2011 – Faust 2012 – Pietà 2013 – Sacro GRA 2014 – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence 2015 – From Afar 2016 – The Woman Who Left 2017 – The Shape of Water The question is, how will The Shape of Water, as well as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, do during the season? For del Toro’s flick, it’s slowly making the case to be a big deal across the board. What will potentially hold it back in terms of Oscar is its fantasy genre, though that remains to be seen. There’s a day where it contends for double digit nominations, or just ends up with a single citation. The former probably is more likely than the latter, however. As for McDonagh’s [...]

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