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The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
is a 2017 American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.[3][4] It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. Set in Baltimore
in 1962, the story follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibian creature. The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on August 31, 2017,[5] and was awarded the Golden Lion
Golden Lion
for best film in the competition.[6] It also screened at the 2017 Toronto
International Film Festival.[7] It began a limited release in two theaters in New York City on December 1, 2017, before expanding from December 8, 2017, and has grossed $191 million worldwide.[8] A novelization by del Toro and Daniel Kraus was published on March 6, 2018.[9] The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
received critical acclaim for its performances, screenplay, direction, visuals, production design, and musical score, with many critics calling it del Toro's best work since Pan's Labyrinth;[10] the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year.[11] The film received a number of awards and nominations, including thirteen nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, where it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.[12][13] It was nominated for seven awards at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Director and Best Original Score.[14] At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, it received twelve nominations and won three awards, including Best Director.[15] The film also earned fourteen nominations at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards and won four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. On March 13, 2018, the film was released on Blu-ray/ DVD
and digital download.[16]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Soundtrack

4.1 Track listing

5 Reception

5.1 Box office 5.2 Critical response 5.3 Top-ten lists 5.4 Accolades 5.5 Lawsuit alleging plagiarism

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] Elisa Esposito, who was found in a river as an orphaned child with wounds on her neck, is mute, and communicates through sign language. She lives alone in an apartment above a cinema, and works as a cleaning-woman at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore
at the height of the Cold War. Her friends are her closeted next-door neighbor Giles, a struggling advertising illustrator who shares a strong bond with her, and her co-worker Zelda, a woman who also serves as her interpreter at work. The facility receives a mysterious creature captured from a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland, who is in charge of the project to study it. Curious about the creature, Elisa discovers it is a humanoid amphibian. She begins visiting him in secret, and the two form a close bond. Seeking to exploit the creature to American advantage in the Space Race, General Frank Hoyt orders Strickland to vivisect it. One scientist, Robert Hoffstetler—who is in truth a Soviet spy named Dimitri Mosenkov—pleads unsuccessfully to keep the creature alive for further study and, at the same time, is ordered by his Soviet handlers to euthanize the creature. When Elisa learns of the Americans' plans for the creature, she persuades Giles to help her free him. Mosenkov discovers Elisa's plot and chooses to help her. Though initially reluctant, Zelda becomes involved in the escape, and it is successful. Elisa keeps the creature in her bathtub, adding salt to the water to keep him alive. She plans to release the creature into a nearby canal when it will be opened to the ocean in several days' time. As part of his efforts to recover the creature, Strickland interrogates Elisa and Zelda, but the failure of his advances toward Elisa hampers his judgment, and he dismisses them. Back at the apartment, Giles discovers the creature devouring one of his cats, Pandora. Startled, the creature slashes Giles's arm and rushes out of the apartment. The creature gets as far as the cinema downstairs before Elisa finds him and returns him to her apartment. The creature touches Giles on his balding head and his wounded arm; the next morning, Giles discovers his hair has begun growing back and the wounds on his arm have healed. Elisa and the creature soon become romantically involved, having sex in her bathroom, which she at one point fills completely with water. Hoyt gives Strickland an ultimatum, asking him to recover the creature within 36 hours. Meanwhile, Mosenkov is told by his handlers that he will be extracted in two days. As the planned release date approaches, the creature's health starts deteriorating. Mosenkov leaves to rendezvous with his handlers, with Strickland tailing him. At the rendezvous, Mosenkov is shot by one of his handlers, but Strickland shoots the handlers dead and then tortures Mosenkov for information. Mosenkov implicates Elisa and Zelda before dying from his wounds. Strickland then threatens Zelda in her home, causing her terrified husband to reveal that Elisa had been keeping the creature. Strickland searches Elisa's apartment and finds a calendar note revealing when and where she plans to release him. At the canal, Elisa and Giles bid farewell to the creature, but Strickland arrives and attacks them all. Strickland knocks Giles down and shoots the creature and Elisa, who both appear to die. However, the creature heals himself and slashes Strickland's throat, killing him. As police arrive on the scene with Zelda, the creature takes Elisa and jumps into the canal, where, deep under water, he heals her. When he applies his healing touch to the scars on her neck, they open to reveal gills like his. In a closing voice-over narration, Giles conveys his belief that Elisa lived "happily ever after" with the creature. He quotes a poem: "Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me / Your presence fills my eyes with your love, It humbles my heart, For you are everywhere." Cast[edit]

Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
as Elisa Esposito, a mute cleaner who works at a secret government laboratory. Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
as Colonel Richard Strickland, a military official in charge of the project to study the "asset". Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
as Giles, Elisa's neighbor and close friend who is a struggling advertising illustrator. Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
as Zelda Delilah Fuller, Elisa's co-worker and friend who serves as her interpreter. Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Dr. Robert Hoffstetler / Dimitri Mosenkov, a Soviet spy working as a scientist studying the creature under an alias. Doug Jones as " Amphibian
Man", an amphibious creature referred to as the "asset", with whom Elisa forms a close bond. David Hewlett
David Hewlett
as Fleming, the laboratory's head of security. Nick Searcy
Nick Searcy
as General Frank Hoyt, a United States General who is Strickland's superior. Stewart Arnott as Bernard, Giles' employer and former lover. Nigel Bennett
Nigel Bennett
as Mihalkov, Mosenkov's handler. Lauren Lee Smith
Lauren Lee Smith
as Elaine Strickland, Strickland's wife. Martin Roach as Brewster Fuller, Zelda's husband. Allegra Fulton as Yolanda, a cleaning woman at the laboratory. John Kapelos
John Kapelos
as Mr. Arzoumanian, the owner of the cinema who resided below Elisa and Giles' apartments. Morgan Kelly as Pie Guy, a diner employee to whom Giles is attracted.


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The Gill-man
in Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon
was an inspiration to del Toro's concept.

The idea for The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
formed during del Toro's breakfast with Daniel Kraus in 2011, with whom he later co-wrote the novel Trollhunters.[17] It shows similarities to the 2015 short film The Space Between Us,[18] and also to Rachel Ingalls' novel Mrs. Caliban. It was also primarily inspired by del Toro's childhood memories of seeing Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon
and wanting to see the Gill-man and Kay Lawrence (played by Julie Adams) succeed in their romance.[19] When del Toro was in talks with Universal to direct a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, he tried pitching a version focused more on the creature's perspective, where the Creature ended up together with the female lead, but the studio executives rejected the concept.[20] Del Toro set the film during the 1960s Cold War
Cold War
era to counteract today's heightened tensions, specifying, "if I say once upon a time in 1962, it becomes a fairy tale for troubled times. People can lower their guard a little bit more and listen to the story and listen to the characters and talk about the issues, rather than the circumstances of the issues."[21] Filming began on August 15, 2016, in Toronto
and Hamilton, Ontario,[22][23][24][25][26] and wrapped on November 6, 2016.[27] In an interview with IndieWire
about the film, del Toro said, "This movie is a healing movie for me. ... For nine movies I rephrased the fears of my childhood, the dreams of my childhood, and this is the first time I speak as an adult, about something that worries me as an adult. I speak about trust, otherness, sex, love, where we're going. These are not concerns that I had when I was nine or seven."[28] Soundtrack[edit]

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Soundtrack album by Alexandre Desplat

Released 1 December 2017

Genre Soundtrack

Length 1:16:23

Label Decca

Producer Dominique Lemonnier

Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
is the composer of the film's score.[29] The score won the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 90th Academy Awards.[13] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Alexandre Desplat, except where noted.

Track listing

No. Title Length

1. "The Shape of Water" 3:42

2. "You'll Never Know" (feat. Renée Fleming) 4:38

3. "The Creature" 1:46

4. "Elisa's Theme" 2:36

5. "Fingers" 2:09

6. "Spy Meeting" 1:42

7. "Elisa and Zelda" 1:10

8. "Five Stars General" 1:31

9. "The Silence of Love" 1:35

10. "Egg" 2:13

11. "That Isn't Good" 1:43

12. "Underwater Kiss" 2:12

13. "The Escape" 10:57

14. "Watching Ruth" 2:18

15. "Decency" 2:23

16. "He's Coming For You" 1:39

17. "Overflow of Love" 2:56

18. "Without You" 2:30

19. "Rainy Day" 3:12

20. "A Princess Without a Voice" 1:50

21. "La Javanaise" (Madeleine Peyroux) 4:10

22. "I Know Why (And So Do You)" (Glenn Miller and His Orchestra) 2:58

23. "Chica Chica Boom Chic" (Carmen Miranda) 2:19

24. "Babalú" ( Caterina Valente
Caterina Valente
& Silvio Francesco) 2:51

25. "A Summer Place" (Andy Williams) 2:34

26. "You'll Never Know" (feat. Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
[Alternative Version]) 6:49

27. "Mermaid" (Skøtt) 3:32

28. "Oceanful" (I.AM.WILLOW) 3:37

Total length: 1:16:23

Reception[edit] Box office[edit] As of April 3, 2018[update], The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
has grossed $63.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $127.4 million in other countries, for a total of $191.2 million.[3] After grossing $4.6 million over three weeks of limited release, the film began its wide release on December 22, 2017, alongside the openings of Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3 and Father Figures, and the wide expansion of Darkest Hour, and grossed $3 million from 726 theaters over the weekend, and $4.4 million over the four-day Christmas frame.[30] The following weekend, the film made $3.5 million.[31] The weekend of January 27, 2018, following the announcement of the film's 13 Oscar nominations, the film was added to over 1,000 theaters (for a total of 1,854) and made $5.9 million (an increase of 171% over the previous week's $2.2 million), finishing 8th.[32] The weekend of March 9–11, following its four Oscar wins, the film made $2.4 million. It marked a 64% increase from the previous week's $1.5 million and was similar to the $2.5 million made by the previous year's Best Picture winner, Moonlight.[33] Critical response[edit]

Sally Hawkins' performance garnered widespread critical acclaim and earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92% based on 343 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
at his visually distinctive best—and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
performance."[34] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 53 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[35] According to CinemaScore, audience members under the age of 40 gave the film an average grade of either "A+" or "A", while those over 40 gave it an "A" or "A−", on an A+ to F scale.[36] ComScore
reported audiences gave the film an overall positive score of 80%.[37] Ben Croll of IndieWire
gave the film an 'A' rating and called it "one of del Toro's most stunningly successful works... also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free."[38] Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers
Peter Travers
gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising Hawkins's performance, the cinematography and del Toro's direction, and saying: "Even as the film plunges into torment and tragedy, the core relationship between these two unlikely lovers holds us in thrall. Del Toro is a world-class film artist. There's no sense trying to analyze how he does it."[39] For the Minnesota Daily, Haley Bennett
Haley Bennett
reacted positively, writing, " The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
has tenderness uncommon to del Toro films. ... While The Shape of Water isn't groundbreaking, it is elegant and mesmerizing."[21] Conversely, Rex Reed of the New York Observer
New York Observer
gave the film 1 out of 4 stars and calling it "a loopy, lunkheaded load of drivel" and, referring to Hawkins's role in Maudie, described people with disabilities as "defective creatures."[40] Reed's review was criticized for referring to Sally Hawkins' mute character as "mentally handicapped" and for erroneously crediting actor Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
as director.[41] Top-ten lists[edit] The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
appeared on many critics' year-end top-ten lists,[42] among them:

1st — Anne Thompson, IndieWire 1st — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 1st — Sasha Stone, Awards Daily 1st — Drew McWeeny, The Tracking Board 1st — Nicholas Barber, BBC 1st — Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune 1st — James Verniere, Boston Herald 1st — Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter 1st — Marjorie Baumgarten & Steve Davis, The Austin Chronicle 1st — Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal 2nd — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 2nd — Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times 3rd — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter 3rd — Matthew Jacobs, HuffPost 3rd — E. Oliver Whitney, ScreenCrush 3rd — Alonso Duralde, TheWrap 4th — Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood 4th — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com 4th — Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com 5th — Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle 5th — James Berardinelli, Reelviews 5th — Christopher Orr, The Atlantic 5th — Gregory Ellwood, IndieWire 5th — Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle 6th — Kimber Myers, IndieWire 6th — People 7th — The Guardian 7th — Peter Debruge, Variety 7th — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 8th — Peter Howell, Toronto
Star 9th — Steve Erickson, RogerEbert.com 9th — Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger 9th — Ryan Oliver, IndieWire 10th — Danny Bowes, RogerEbert.com 10th — Paste Top 10 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — IGN Top 10 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe Top 10 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times Top 10 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best of 2017 (listed alphabetically, not ranked) — Newsweek

Accolades[edit] See also: List of accolades received by The Shape of Water The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
received 13 nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, the most of any film in the 2018 race. It won in four categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. The film also spawned some debate about whether the fact that it was filmed in Canada, with a predominantly Canadian crew and many Canadian actors in the supporting roles, should have made it eligible to be nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards. Under Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television rules, to qualify for CSA nominations under the rules for international coproductions at least 15 per cent of a film's funding must come from a Canadian film studio. Even the film's Canadian coproducer, J. Miles Dale, stated that he supports the rules and does not believe the film should have been eligible.[43] Lawsuit alleging plagiarism[edit] In February 2018, the estate of Paul Zindel
Paul Zindel
initiated a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Central District of California against director Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
and associate producer Daniel Kraus, alleging that The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
"brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes" of Zindel's 1969 work Let Me Hear You Whisper, which depicts a cleaning lady bonding with a dolphin and attempting to rescue it from a secret research laboratory's nefarious uses.[44] The complaint spends more than a dozen pages detailing alleged "overwhelming similarities" between the works.[45] Del Toro denied the claim of the Zindel estate, saying that "I have never read nor seen the play. I'd never heard of this play before making The Shape of Water, and none of my collaborators ever mentioned the play." Distributor Fox Searchlight
Fox Searchlight
also denied the claim and said that it would "vigorously defend" itself in court.[46] See also[edit]

Man, a 1962 Soviet film


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Filmography Unrealized projects Awards and nominations



Doña Lupe (short; 1985) Geometria (short; 1987) Cronos (1993) Mimic (1997) The Devil's Backbone
The Devil's Backbone
(2001) Blade II
Blade II
(2002) Hellboy
(2004) Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth
(2006) Hellboy
II: The Golden Army (2008) Pacific Rim (2013) Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak
(2015) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water

Written only

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Produced only

(2004) Insignificant Things
Insignificant Things
(2008) Rudo y Cursi
Rudo y Cursi
(2008) Julia's Eyes
Julia's Eyes
(2010) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) The Book of Life (2014) Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)


The Strain (2009) The Fall (2010) The Night Eternal (2011) Trollhunters (2015)


"Treehouse of Horror XXIV" (2013; opening sequence) The Strain (2014–17)

"Night Zero"

Tales of Arcadia

Trollhunters (2016–present) 3 Below (2018) Wizards (2019)

Video games

Hellboy: The Science of Evil (2008) P.T. (2014) Death Stranding
Death Stranding
(TBA) Sundown (canceled) Insane (canceled) Silent Hills
Silent Hills

Related articles

Cha Cha Cha Films Mirada Studios The Hobbit
The Hobbit
(film series)

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Academy Award for Best Picture


Wings (1927/28) The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
(1928/29) All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/30) Cimarron (1930/31) Grand Hotel (1931/32) Cavalcade (1932/33) It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
(1934) Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) The Life of Emile Zola
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937) You Can't Take It with You (1938) Gone with the Wind (1939) Rebecca (1940) How Green Was My Valley (1941) Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver
(1942) Casablanca (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Hamlet (1948) All the King's Men (1949) All About Eve
All About Eve


An American in Paris (1951) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1953) On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
(1954) Marty (1955) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) Gigi (1958) Ben-Hur (1959) The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960) West Side Story (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Tom Jones (1963) My Fair Lady (1964) The Sound of Music (1965) A Man for All Seasons (1966) In the Heat of the Night (1967) Oliver! (1968) Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
(1969) Patton (1970) The French Connection (1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) The Sting
The Sting
(1973) The Godfather
The Godfather
Part II (1974) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)


(1976) Annie Hall
Annie Hall
(1977) The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
(1978) Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer
(1979) Ordinary People
Ordinary People
(1980) Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire
(1981) Gandhi (1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1987) Rain Man
Rain Man
(1988) Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Unforgiven
(1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Braveheart
(1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000)


A Beautiful Mind (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Million Dollar Baby (2004) Crash (2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Birdman or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Spotlight (2015) Moonlight (2016) The Shape of Water
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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture

Sense and Sensibility (1995) Fargo (1996) L.A. Confidential (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Sideways
(2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Boyhood (2014) Spotlight (2015) La La Land (2016) The Shape of Water
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Golden Lion
Golden Lion
winning films


Manon (1949) Justice Is Done
Justice Is Done
(1950) Rashomon
(1951) Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1952) No award (1953) Romeo and Juliet (1954) Ordet
(1955) No award (1956) Aparajito
(1957) Rickshaw Man (1958) General Della Rovere
General Della Rovere
/ The Great War (1959) Tomorrow Is My Turn (1960) Last Year at Marienbad
Last Year at Marienbad
(1961) Family Diary
Family Diary
/ Ivan's Childhood
Ivan's Childhood
(1962) Hands over the City
Hands over the City
(1963) Red Desert (1964) Sandra (1965) The Battle of Algiers
The Battle of Algiers
(1966) Belle de Jour (1967) Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (1968)


Atlantic City / Gloria (1980) Marianne and Juliane
Marianne and Juliane
(1981) The State of Things (1982) First Name: Carmen (1983) A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984) Vagabond (1985) The Green Ray (1986) Au revoir les enfants
Au revoir les enfants
(1987) The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) A City of Sadness
A City of Sadness
(1989) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) Urga (1991) The Story of Qiu Ju
The Story of Qiu Ju
(1992) Short Cuts / Three Colours: Blue (1993) Vive L'Amour / Before the Rain (1994) Cyclo (1995) Michael Collins (1996) Fireworks (1997) The Way We Laughed
The Way We Laughed
(1998) Not One Less
Not One Less
(1999) The Circle (2000)


Monsoon Wedding
Monsoon Wedding
(2001) The Magdalene Sisters
The Magdalene Sisters
(2002) The Return (2003) Vera Drake (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) Still Life (2006) Lust, Caution
Lust, Caution
(2007) The Wrestler (2008) Lebanon (2009) Somewhere (2010) Faust (2011) Pietà (2012) Sacro GRA
Sacro GRA
(2013) A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
(2014) From Afar (2015) The Woman Who Left (2016) The Shape of Water
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Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture

Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The Crying Game
The Crying Game
(1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Apollo 13 (1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000) Moulin Rouge! (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
(2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave / Gravity (2013) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) The Big Short (2015) La La Land (2016) The Shape of