“The Shape of Water” wins a Golden Lion during Venice


Over a weekend, a 2017 Venice Film Festival handed out their awards, with Guillermo del Toro’s ravenously perceived The Shape of Water holding a tip prize. While a Golden Lion isn’t utterly an Academy Award barometer, it’s zero to sneeze during either. This outlines an critical indicate in a road, as things are heating up. We’re not nonetheless during a predecessor season, yet any plume in your shawl right now is a bonus for a contender. As such, del Toro has to cruise himself in a really good place. The subsequent few months will still be about removing a self-evident ducks in a row. The genuine fun is still to come.

Obviously, a Golden Lion went to del Toro’s rarely praised movie, as The Shape of Water got a initial large awards deteriorate boost. It took home a tip prize, while other highlighted winners embody Charlie Plummer winning a Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress, honoring his work in Lean on Pete, as good as Martin McDonagh removing Best Screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Those were a winners among a intensity Oscar vehicles, yet they were frequency a usually recipients. You’ll see all of those shortly, yet first, there’s a bit of story that’s value discussing. As you’ll be means to tell in a moment, a Golden Lion is frequency a forbearer of Best Picture success.

For a discerning comparison, this is what has won a Golden Lion any year (including this one) given 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 doubt is, how will The Shape of Water, as good as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, do during a season? For del Toro’s flick, it’s solemnly creation a box to be a large understanding opposite a board. What will potentially reason it behind in terms of Oscar is a anticipation genre, yet that stays to be seen. There’s a day where it contends for double number nominations, or only ends adult with a singular citation. The former substantially is some-more expected than a latter, however. As for McDonagh’s movie, he seems to be likeliest as a Screenplay contender, yet watch out for Sam Rockwell in Supporting Actor. Either way, it’s still really early…

Here now are all of a awards out of a Venice Film Festival:


Golden Lion
The Shape of Water, destined by Guillermo del Toro

Grand Jury Prize
Foxtrot, destined by Samuel Maoz

Silver Lion — Best Director
Xavier Legrand, Jusqu’à la Garde

Volpi Cup — Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling, Hannah

Volpi Cup — Best Actor
Kamel El Basha, The Insult

Best Screenplay
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Special Jury Prize
Sweet Country, destined by Warwick Thornton

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Charlie Plummer, Lean on Pete

VENICE HORIZONS

Best Film
Nico, 1988, destined by Susanna Nicchiarelli

Best Director
Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature

Special Jury Prize
Caniba, destined by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

Best Actress
Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux

Best Actor
Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature

Best Screenplay
Los Versos Del Olvido, destined by Alireza Khatami

Best Short Film
Gros Chagrin, destined by Céline Devaux

Lion of a Future — “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film
Jusqu’à la Garde, destined by Xavier Legrand

VENICE CLASSICS

Best Restoration
Idi we Smotri, destined by Elem Klimov

Best Documentary on Cinema
The Prince and a Dybbuk, destined by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY

Best VR
Arden’s Wake (Expanded), destined by Eugene YK Chung

Best VR Experience
La Camera Insabbiata, destined by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang

Best VR Story
Bloodless, destined by Gina Kim


Stay tuned to see how The Shape of Water does this awards season!

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