Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ gets nomination for gay character

The 90th Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, and “The Shape of Water” got a nomination for its gay character.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel March 4 on ABC.


Richard Jenkins, earned his second Academy Award nomination for his role in Gulliermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

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“The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins, who was also nominated for Best Actress) who befriends a captured sea creature.

Jenkins was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for playing Giles, a lonely gay illustrator with a crush on the counterman at his local diner.

Richard Jenkins, left, plays Giles, a lonely, closeted gay man and friend to Elisa (Sally Hawkins), right, in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”
Jenkins and Hawkins both are nominated for Oscars for their work in the film.
Photo: Fox Searchlight

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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