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Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer star in “The Shape of Water.”

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer star in “The Shape of Water.”

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‘The Shape of Water’

Monster meets girl in romantic sci-fi fantasy

The Shape of Water is the early favorite in this year's Oscar sweepstakes. The sci-fi fantasy about love across species lines was nominated for the most Academy Awards, 13, including in a half-dozen major categories: Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins).