Oscar Best Picture winner was filmed in Hamilton

If you were watching the Oscars on Sunday, you’ll know that director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was nominated for thirteen awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

While we’re big fans of any of del Toro’s work, this win is particularly special because a large portion of the movie was filmed in Hamilton, with the rest shot in Toronto.

You may recognize some of the following scenes.

The bus stop scene is in front of Hendry’s Shoes located at 657 Barton Street E. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Dr. Hoffstetler’s apartment is located at 179 & 181 MacNab St S. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Hamilton City Hall is Giles’ company building. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Lakeshore Sand Company is the meeting place of the Russians. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro loves Hamilton. He regularly visits our city to shoot his films and has become fond of the city’s local shops and restaurants. Some of the favourites he’s mentioned in past interviews include Cannon Coffee, The Burnt Tongue, Southern Smoke Barbecue House, and James Street Bookseller.

The director has also expressed interest in setting up his own studio in Hamilton. “If I have it my way, I’ll have a studio there soon when I recuperate. I love the city,” he elaborates.

The Shape of Water is del Toro’s fourth movie shot in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, alongside Pacific Rim, Mama and Crimson Peak.

Header image provided by Doug Jones

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