Watch Guillermo Del Toro Create Movie Magic With The Shape of Water

Kerry Hayes, © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Kerry Hayes, © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Even if Guillermo del Toro walks away empty-handed on Oscar night (spoiler alert: he won’t), he’s already a winner. When the 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, del Toro’s The Shape of Water managed to nab 13 of them—the most of any movie released last year—including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.

Yet even with so much talent both in front of and behind the camera, it would have been impossible for del Toro and his cast to tell this merman romance so convincingly if it weren’t for the magic of visual effects.

To see just how much of a difference VFX made to the film, Mr. X—the award-winning visual effects company that has collaborated with del Toro on several films, including Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak—posted a video, spotted by Laughing Squid, that shows the before and after of many of the movie’s key visual effects.

You can check out the video below (just make sure you wait to watch it until after you’ve seen the movie, as it contains a number of spoilers).

[h/t: Laughing Squid]

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]