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Passion-Fueled Indies: Studio Blockbusters and Netflix Something

passion-fueled indies: Leading all nominees with 13 nods, including best picture, was The Shape of Water, by veteran Mexican filmmaker del Toro, whose Cold War-era fantasy is about a mute office cleaner Sally Hawkins who falls in love with an amphibious creature, according to Metro News. The film, shot in Toronto and Hamilton, came just shy of tying the record of 14 nominations shared by All About Eve, ''Titanic and La La Land. In nominations that spanned young and old, studio blockbusters and passion-fueled indies, the 90th annual Academy Awards on Tuesday gave many who have long been shunned by the movie business women directors, transgender filmmakers, minority actors, even Netflix something to cheer about. Toronto native J. Miles Dale shares in the best picture nomination for the film. Gerwig, the writer-director of the nuanced coming-of-age tale Lady Bird, became just the fifth woman nominated for best director, following Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow, the sole woman to win, for The Hurt Locker. But the nominations also carried forward some of the ongoing reckoning of the Me Too movement that has been felt especially acutely in Hollywood, where male filmmakers outnumber women by a ratio of approximately 12-to-1. ( As reported in the news.