LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Romantic fantasy“The Shape of Water” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, the film industry’s most prestigious honor, on a night where themes of female empowerment and activism almost overshadowed the awards.

90th Academy Awards – Oscars Show – Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 – Guillermo del Toro (L) accepts the Oscar for Best Picture for “The Shape of Water.” REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Fox Searchlight movie’s Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, won best director, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black filmmaker.

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