Last night, for the first time in the Academy Awards 90-year history*, a creature feature won Best Picture. Now we know that all the normal critics keep trying to rename and redefine what it is, but us monster kids know that it is a monster movie. Sure, it’s not the first horror movie to win, which would be Silence of the Lambs, but that movie featured human monsters. Yes, there is a monster in The Shape of Water, but he’s the one wearing the tailored suit, not the fish suit. Never in a million years would I ever think that a film like this could even have a chance to win Best Picture. And the creator of this “fairy tale for trouble times”, Guillermo del Toro, also took home the Oscar for Best Director. I am speechless.
So…I’m sure we’ve all heard the Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water got 13 Oscar nominations, in just about every category, except for a couple. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
First of all, I’m thrilled and so happy for del Toro and the rest of the creators of this film to see them get the recognition they so richly deserve. I mean, to have this film beat out Universal’s The Mummy in nominations is just incredible! Oh wait…I don’t remember seeing that title anywhere. Maybe I’m thinking the Razzies. I wonder if the heads of Universal are re-thinking their decisions. Maybe they’ll realize that they need to let creative filmmakers do what they do best and leave them alone to do it!
Men in Suits (2012)
Directed by Frank H. Woodward
Starring Doug Jones, Brian Steele, Tom Woodruff Jr., Douglas Tait, Haruo Nakajima, Bob Burns, Misty Rosas, Camden Toy, Bobby Clark, Van Snowden, Alec Gillis, Michelan Sisti, Arturo Gil
After years of going to conventions and hearing the stories from the stuntmen that appear there, as well as reading different biographies, I really learned quite a bit of what goes on behind the curtain on filmmaking and what some of these people go through with really no credit. Damn shame, really. But over the last few years, there is another group of very talented and hard working people that have been coming to the forefront, trying to get the credit that they also so richly deserve. That group of people are the men (and women) in suits.
Doug Jones became known for his roles where his face was usually completely hidden underneath a ton of makeup. But his talent rose through all of that latex and rubber, creating some incredible characters over the years. We had a chance to talk to him at the HorrorHound Weekend show back in Aug. of 2008, in Jones’ hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. Out of all the celebs that I’ve met over the years, Jones is one of a kind, and one that you’ll never forget once you meet him.