Monday Movie Report: ‘Shape of Water’ earns another award, Huppert receives lifetime achievement honor in Rome

“The Shape of Water,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture at the most recent Academy Awards, isn’t finished collecting hardware just yet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film earned Best Production Design Saturday evening from the Directors Guild of Canada in Toronto. Paul Austerberry, responsible for the production design work on the film, also took home the Oscar for the same category at the Academy Awards.

90th Annual Academy Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Mar 2018
Director Guillermo del Toro after winning an Oscar for “The Shape of Water.” Courtesy ShutterStock/Variety.

In addition, “Shape” also won in the picture editing and sound editing categories at the DGC award ceremony, THR reports.

In other award news, French actress Isabelle Huppert was honored Saturday night at the Rome Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award, according to THR. Most recently, Huppert earned a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for her work in the picture “Elle.”

Isabelle Huppert after winning a Golden Globe for her work in “Elle.” Courtesy Los Angeles Times.

During her time at the ceremony, the actress gave praise to Italian directors. According to THR, Huppert said,” Italians, although different, you are united by an aesthetic sense. I speak not only of the scenography, but also because you’re making social and political cinema.”

The Rome Film Festival will run through Oct. 28. Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese is also scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award at the fest.


With the holiday right around the corner, American audiences were in the mood for a Halloween movie recently. At the weekend box office, it was the follow-up to the original 1970s “Halloween” that took the top spot in convincing fashion. The film earned more than $77 million in its first outing, a very good number for a horror film.

The rest of the top five was:

1. Halloween – $77,501,000
2. A Star is Born – $19,300,000
3. Venom – $18,105,000
4. Goosebumps 2 – $9,715,000
5. First Man – $8,565,000

The upcoming weekend, meanwhile, is very light on wide releases. However, some theaters will see the opening of the action thriller “Hunter Killer” and the comedy “Johnny English Strikes Again.”


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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