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'Shape of Water' takes top prize at politically charged PGA Awards

Jan 25, 2018

"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's striking, sensual fantasy film, won the Producers Guild of America's top honor Saturday night at the PGA Awards, cementing its place as one of the front-runners of this year's wide-open Oscar best picture race.

Del Toro did not attend, with "Shape of Water" cast member Richard Jenkins saying he was in Mexico with his ill father. Jenkins read a letter from the Mexican filmmaker, dedicating "a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs and, in turn, as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away."

On a day with the government partially shut down and women marching in protest across the country, with an estimated 600,000 turning out in downtown Los Angeles, many of the evening's honorees had politics on their minds. And, of course, the #MeToo movement and gender and representational inequities were also prominently mentioned in the night's speeches.

"It feels like we are living in the sunken place right now," said "Get Out" writer-director Jordan Peele, accepting the Stanley Kramer Award, making a reference to the film's signature moment that he sees as a symbol for the marginalized.