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Del Toro: Consensus Winner and Christopher Nolan

del toro: Everyone was sure Del Toro would win best director and he did but the film was deemed too weird, too odd, too different to make it all the way to the top prize, according to NOW Magazine. Well, nobody knows anything. Although the film was Oscar's front-runner, with a total of 13 nominations, few industry-watchers thought it would take the top prize; Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Jordan Peele's Get Out all had more buzz for a best picture win, with Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird positioned as a possible consensus winner. Del Toro's delicate, beautiful, strange little movie created its own wave, and brought a genuine thrill to the exhausting ceremony when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway brought back for a do-over after last year's disastrous La La Land/Moonlight mix-up announced the winner. The Shape Of Water is a film about love and acceptance by a man who wears his heart on his sleeve in all of his films, and seeing it embraced by the Academy provided the best kind of surprise at the end of a very long night. Watch the playback, and you'll see Del Toro take a quick glance at the envelope to make sure his movie really won he did it as a gag, I'm sure, but you can see real joy flood his face the moment he reads the title and knows it's true. ( As reported in the news.