Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance “The Form of Water” took property best movie at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, placing it in pole place for Oscars glory in March.
The film bested major Academy Awards contenders which include “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya” and “Lady Chook.”
In a crowded industry, it also observed off “The Big Unwell,” “Molly’s Match,” “The Article,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman.”
The 1960s-set fairytale about a mute authorities laboratory janitor slipping in really like with a merman-like creature gained best director for Del Toro at the Golden Globes, thought of a dry-run for the Oscars.
It also has 12 nominations for February’s BAFTAs, Britain’s edition of the Oscars, and is expected to do very well when nominees for the true Academy Awards are announced on Tuesday.
The 53-year-previous filmmaker, who co-manufactured alongside J. Miles Dale, was not there to pick up his trophy because of to owning long gone to his sick father’s bedside in Mexico.
In 1 of the ceremony’s highlights, “Get Out” director and producer Jordan Peele was identified for building a film that raises recognition of social issues and talked about “the sunken position,” the term utilised for the hypnotic, brainwashed condition that traps victims in his film.
“The sunken place is the process that silences the voice of women, minorities, and of other people,” he said in politically billed speech condemning President Donald Trump for derogatory feedback about Haiti, Africa and black soccer stars kneeling during the national anthem.
“Every day there is evidence that we are in the sunken put,” he additional.
“Coco” — Pixar’s appreciate letter to Mexico based mostly on the country’s Day of the Lifeless competition — won best animated photo, the very first prize of the night time handed out at the Beverly Hilton.
“Now is the time for additional range in our lifestyle and in our earth,” claimed producer Darla K. Anderson, dedicating the award to the persons of Mexico.
In the Tv set part, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won finest tv drama, even though fellow world-wide-web streaming service Amazon bagged ideal episodic comedy for “The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” based mostly on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel of the identical identify, has been the darling of recent awards ceremonies, successful eight Emmys and two Golden Globes.
The PGA has boasted a good document of providing major honors to flicks that go on to gain most effective picture honors at the Oscars.
The trend has been bucked considerably a short while ago, nevertheless, with past year’s greatest movie award heading to “La La Land,” which lost out to “Moonlight” at the Oscars.
Financial crisis comedy “The Major Short” took the top prize at 2016’s PGAs, but shed out to “Spotlight” for the Academy Award.
The Oscars ceremony is staged on March 4, hosted by late night time funnyman Jimmy Kimmel.