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Story of a romance between a woman and a fish scores 13 Oscar nominations

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The Shape of Water movie poster Though The Shape of Water is not traditionally furry (by either the "covered in fur" or the fandom definition), rarely does a movie about the romantic relationship between a human and a humanoid fish monster score 13 Oscar nominations. Writer and director Guillermo del Toro's science fiction fable, inspired by a famous scene in the classic Universal horror picture Creature from the Black Lagoon, is the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture prize, which will make it the closest thing to a furry movie to claim that prize if it does.

In addition to its Best Picture nomination, it also gained nominations for del Toro in Best Directing and Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (along with screenwriting partner Vanessa Taylor). Del Toro had been previously nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category for Pan's Labyrinth (which was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, which is often credited as a second nomination for del Toro, though technically the nominee there was the country of Mexico due to the odd rules of the category). If del Toro wins for Directing, he will be third of a trio of Mexican directors nicknamed "The Three Amigos" to win the award this decade, after Alfonso Cuarón (winner for 2013 with Gravity) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (winner for 2014 for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and 2015 for The Revenant).

Update: March 4, 2018: The Shape of Water has won Best Picture (Guillermo double-checked the envelope), making it the first science fiction movie to win the prize, with additional wins in the categories of Directing, Production Design and Original Score, giving it four total Oscars from its 13 nominations.

It also gained nominations for a trio of actors. Sally Hawkins (also currently starring in the more traditionally furry Paddington 2) was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Richard Jenkins gained a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination. Octavia Spencer's nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role allowed her to tie Viola Davis to become the most nominated black actress ever with the admittedly small number of three nominations, though she'd be best known to furries for her vocal role as another anthropomorphic aquatic character, Mrs. Otterton in Zootopia.

Further nominations for The Shape of Water came in the categories for Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Doug Jones, who plays the fish man (though he is officially credited more accurately as Amphibian Man, rather than fish), was not nominated for his role, however. This is the third time Jones has played an anthropoid fish creature for del Toro; he played the role of Abe Sapien in the director's two adaptations of the Hellboy comics.

Though pundits had acknowledged it was a wide open year before the nomination announcements, The Shape of Water has become far and away the favorite to win after. This is due not only to how many nominations it gained, though 13 is only one behind the all time record of 14 (held jointly by All about Eve, Titanic and La La Land), but due to what it was nominated for. According to Oscar statistics, a movie with nominations in Directing, Film Editing, Writing and an Acting category chances are boosted; The Shape of Water is the only movie this year to be nominated in all those categories. Fellow Best Picture nominees Get Out and Lady Bird are closest, only missing Film Editing nominations. The Shape of Water also boasts a win from the Producers Guild of America, which is considered to be one of the more predictive "precursor" awards due to the fact that the PGA's membership has significant overlap with the Academy, and that they use a similar voting method. However, as last year's ceremony infamously proved, upsets can occur, and the winner isn't 100 percent certain until the correct envelope is opened.

Other furry movies to gain nominations this year included Ferdinand in Best Animated Feature. This is the second adaptation of Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand; a Walt Disney short, "Ferdinand the Bull" won the Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Oscar (now known as Best Animated Short) for 1938. Ferdinand is only the second nominee in the Animated Feature category for Blue Sky Studios after a decade and a half gap; it's first nominee was Ice Age from 2002.

The Visual Effects category, despite being the obvious miss for The Shape of Water that would have given it the record tying nomination, featured two furry movies, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the category frontrunner, War for the Planet of the Apes receiving nominations. Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis was one of the two actors (along with Tiffany Haddish) to announce the nominees.

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and yet wonder woman didn't get a single nom...and suicide squad did.

what?

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OMG a furry movie I found out about after being screened! I'm ANGRYYY!!
2cross2affliction I trusted you, why didn't you mention it in the top ten movies of 2017! Isn't it so good you say!

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I haven't seen it yet! It never played at the theater down the street, and the one time I drove down to a theater that was showing it, it turned out the website lied and it wasn't playing it at the time I thought it was.

However, my brother did get to see it with his girlfriend, and ... they, uh, really didn't like it. My brother got back from it and had to tell me, he felt it was that bad. To be fair, they watched it with her parents, and the movie nicknamed "the fish fucking movie" even by people who liked it may not have been the best movie to watch with that audience. A fellow Flayrah contributor had a more positive experience, and told me he was thinking of reviewing it, however; they might still write one up.

But, since it's an Oscar movie, it'll probably start appearing in more movie theaters soon.

If you want to get mad at me, though, I've really got no excuse for missing Ferdinand, though.

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Definitely liked it better than my brother; if it wins Best Picture and the guy who told me he might hasn't yet, I might review it (because how often do you get to review a Best Picture on Flayrah?).

But I will say, kind of disappointed at the amphibian love scenes; I mean, that was it?

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There is also a cunnilingus joke here I am afraid to make.

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Don't know how it's a surprise that he's kind of a wet fish in bed.

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Any non-normative love relationship in movies is bound to ruffle jimmies no matter how tame. Your family will be appalled when custom sex robots become commonplace, surely more than one furry will have it be something other than human.

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I'll be appalled when those become commonplace, too.

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If anything, I think it was the actually much more explicit (though still relatively tame) depiction of female masturbation fairly early on that bothered my brother.

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I'm still predicting The Shape of Water as Best Picture, though pundits are saying it's pretty wide open between it, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri and my favorite, Get Out (with decent argument being made for Dunkirk and Lady Bird), but I think they're just being squirrely after Moonlight sneaking in last year. Any of the three would be alright (though I haven't seen Three Billboards yet, I liked the director's last movie, Seven Psychopaths, a lot, and any movie that gets Sam Rockwell his first nomination/probable Oscar is okay in my book), though I'll admit I'm playing "well, I've been wrong since 2012; not guessing Get Out has got to therefore increase it's chances, right?" game a little.

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