Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water has been near universally praised since it arrived in theaters. Now, following the film's impressive performance at the Golden Globes, the monster romance flick has garnered a dozen nominations from the British Academy Film Awards.
In addition to nominations for "Best Film" and "Best Director," Shape of Water received BAFTA nominations for "Original Screenplay," "Leading Actress" for Sally Hawkins' role as Elisa Esposito, "Supporting Actress" for Octavia Spencer's role as Zelda Fuller, Alexandre Desplat's Original Score, Sidney Wolinsky's editing, production and costume design, sound and visual effects. The winners of the awards will be revealed on Feb. 18.
This past weekend at the Golden Globes, Shape of Water took home two of the seven awards it was nominated for -- "Best Director" and "Best Original Score." During his acceptance speech, del Toro was in danger of being played off the stage, but kindly begged the orchestra for more time. "It's taken 25 years, give me a minute," he said, to the applause of the audience, making the time to thank the various women at his table, including both Hawkins and Spencer and the film's co-writer Vanessa Taylor.
In theaters now, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.