The Shape Of Water Wins Producers Guild Award
The Shape of Water has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro. Guillermo del Toro is shown here on January 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images North America.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape of Water has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale.
A pair of first-season series — The Handmaid’s Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — and Black Mirror took the top TV awards in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Shape of Water topped The Big Sick, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Molly’s Game, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Wonder Woman.
Del Toro was not in attendance due to his having gone to Mexico to be with his sick father and The Shape of Water star Richard Jenkins read a statement from del Toro: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs, and in turn as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away.”
Dale then thanked the PGA members for recognizing the offbeat film, set in 1962 and exploring the relationship between a mute janitor and a captured sea creature. “When your romantic leads are a cleaning lady and a fish, it’s a tough sell,” he said.
The PGA — which has 8,200 members — has matched the Oscar for best picture in 19 of its 28 years, though it diverged for the past two years when the Zanuck award went to La La Land and The Big Short and the Oscar went to Moonlight and Spotlight. The two awards matched in the previous eight years with Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, and No Country for Old Men.