The Shape of Water Wins Best Picture in Fandango Survey

Ahead of the Academy Awards, The Shape of Water has emerged victorious in a Fandango survey amongst the Best Picture nominations.

The Shape of Water has a full Academy Awards dance card, going into the March 4 ceremony with 13 nominations. Yet, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known to hold back gold statues from fantastical films, like, say, a romantic tale about a mute woman who falls in love with a merman who can heal wounds and cure male pattern baldness. Fortunately, a Fandango fan survey has already given The Shape of Water a satisfying victory.

According to over 7,000 moviegoers who were asked in the last weeks of February to pick who should win amongst the 2018 Academy Awards nominees, The Shape of Water emerged as the favorite for Best Picture. However, it was hardly a blowout, with Water earning 19%, edging out Dunkirk (17%), followed by Get Out (16%). Yet, the fan-fueled accolades didn’t stop there for Water, with director Guillermo Del Toro also taking the Best Director win with 31%, repeating the hierarchy, followed by Dunkirk’s Christopher Nolan (29%) and Get Out’s Jordan Peele (23%).

As Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis comments on the survey results:

“It’s an incredibly competitive year, where the Oscar winner for Best Picture is anyone’s guess. Fandango moviegoers give a slight edge to the beautifully-realized fantasy, The Shape of Water, and its visionary director Guillermo Del Toro for top honors, for an unexpectedly uplifting romance with a lot of heart and even more imagination.”

Interestingly, the slim margin of The Shape of Water’s survey victories may indicate that the celebrated sci-fi romance film isn’t riding as large a wave of momentum as recent reports might lead one to believe. Of course, the Academy Awards are hardly the People’s Choice Awards, and anyone who’s even followed the Oscars casually can tell you that metrics matter very little to the often whimsically-driven AMPAS. Indeed, while the bells and whistles of The Shape of Water‘s fantastical elements stick out, the film, at its core, is a powerful piece of pathos and empowerment that Academy voters could easily embrace.

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Another result of Fandango’s survey revealed that 87% of the respondents replied positively to idea that Academy Award recognition made them more interested in seeing the nominated films. – It’s hardly a shocking result, but as the overall entertainment industry continues to drift into a multimedia wilderness of streaming platforms and cinematic quality peak television offerings, it is, in the very least, interesting to see that the annual Academy Awards seasonal showcase still caries widespread gravitas amongst an increasingly disseminating popular culture.

The Shape of Water will find out its chances in the real Oscars arena when the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony is held on Sunday, March 4, airing on ABC at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Here’s the full list of Fandango’s Academy Awards nominations survey:


The Shape of Water 19%

Dunkirk 17%

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Get Out 16%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 14%

Darkest Hour 10%

Lady Bird 9%

The Post 9%

Call Me By Your Name 4%

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Phantom Thread 2%


Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) 31%

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) 29%

Jordan Peele (Get Out) 23%

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) 14%

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Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) 3%


Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) 44%

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) 23%

Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel) 15%

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) 11%

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Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) 7%


Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) 30%

Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) 20%

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) 19%

Saorsie Ronan (Lady Bird) 16%

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Meryl Streep (The Post) 15%


Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) 28%

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards) 23%

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) 18%

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) 16%

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Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) 15%


Allison Janney (I, Tonya) 30%

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) 30%

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) 24%

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) 10%

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Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) 6%