Fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" took home the best pictureOscar on Sunday, capping an awards season which has seen the film lavished with acclaim and glittering trophies.
Del Toro wrote The Shape of Water along with Vanessa Taylor, a film about a silent orphan working in a high-security government lab who falls in love with one of the experiments, an amphibious-humanoid creature.
Besides directorGuillermo del Toro, the cinematographer and some of the actors, every person who worked on the film was Canadian. Upon winning the award, del Toro noted art has the ability to bring people together and "erase the lines in the sand.when the world tells us to make them deeper". Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation "Get Out", becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay.
"Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto - this is for you", said Austerberry, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Sault Ste.
Gary Oldman won best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour".
During a powerful moment, Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek took the stage to champion the end of a disgraceful era in Hollywood that has been exposed by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stole the show presenting the Oscar for best documentary short subject.
The Shape of Water bested other nominees including Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant made his debut as an Oscar victor as he shared the prize for best animated short with animation veteran Glen Keane, with whom he collaborated on Dear Basketball. I want you to be my mama one day. "You know, the idea of empathy, the idea of how we do need each other to survive". The actress already bagged the SAG and BAFTA awards for the same film. That's usually a really good sign and it's why I'm giving it the edge over "Three Billboards".
Allison Janney won the best supporting actress prize for her turn as the cold, sardonic mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya" - capping a sparkling awards season which saw her win all major prizes.
A Fantastic Woman from Chile bagged won the Best Foreign Language Film.