By Christopher Rosen
September 09, 2017 at 02:46 PM EDT

The Shape of Water

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Guillermo Del Toro’s 1960s-set fantasy, The Shape of Water, scored top honors at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the Annette Bening-led jury announced Saturday.

Starring Sally Hawkins as a mute custodian who forms a deep relationship with a mysterious South American creature (realized onscreen by Doug Jones), The Shape of Water earned rave reviews after its initial Venice Film Festival premiere. The feature, which Fox Searchlight will release in December, also stars Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Shannon in a showy, slowly unhinging turn as the film’s chief villain.

The Shape of Water is expected to be an Oscar contender for Fox Searchlight as is fellow Venice Film Festival honoree Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The dark comedy, which stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in two buzzed-about performances, earned director and writer Martin McDonagh a best screenplay nod.

The last Golden Lion winner to earn a best picture nomination is 2005’s Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. Other previous winners include Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake

Golden Lion
The Shape Of Water

Grand Jury Prize

Silver Lion, Best Director
Xavier Legrand, Jusqu’à La Garde

Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling, Hannah

Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Kamel El Basha, The Insult

Best Screenplay
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Special Jury Prize
Sweet Country

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Charlie Plummer, Lean On Pete


Best Film
Nico, 1988

Best Director
Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature

Special Jury Prize

Best Actress
Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux

Best Actor
Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature

Best Screenplay
Los Versos Del Olvido

Best Short Film
Gros Chagrin

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film
Jusqu’à La Garde


Best Restoration

Idi I Smotri

Best Documentary on Cinema
The Prince And The Dybbuk

Best VR
Arden’s Wake (Expanded)

Best VR Experience
La Camera Insabbiata

Best VR Story

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