Never bet against fish sex. Leading up to the Academy Awards tonight, Guillermo del Toro's romantic creature feature, The Shape of Water, went from festival favorite to one of this year's Best Picture frontrunners. Even as the film's chances evolved over a competitive campaign season, Del Toro, the imaginative filmmaker behind small-scale historical fantasies like Pan's Labyrinth and studio blockbusters like Hellboy, remained the oddsmakers' favorite to take home the Best Director trophy. The consensus was that the Academy voters would embrace the movie as a tender love letter to cinema but with -- you know -- fish sex.
Was the consensus right? With 13 nominations, The Shape of Water was the most nominated movie of the year, and it ended up being the most awarded movie of the night, winning four trophies including Best Picture and Best Director. Keep reading for a full break-down of The Shape of Water's big night.