Toronto gets Oscar-level shoutout after Shape of Water win

"Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto. This is for you."

"Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto. This is for you."

Toronto got a shoutout heard 'round the world as production designers Jeff Melvin, Paul Denham Austerberry and Shane Vieau accepted their Academy Award for production design for the film Shape of Water. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Canada didn't have a huge presence at this year's Academy Awards, but Toronto got an Oscar-sized shoutout as millions around the globe watched Hollywood's biggest night. 

Canadians Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau won an Oscar for best production design for The Shape of Water, and when they took the stage to accept the award, they gave a nod to their team in Toronto and Hamilton, where much of the film was shot.

"First of all, thank you to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto. This is for you," said Austerberry.

"Thank you to the academy. Guillermo, may you keep dreaming up your monsters and their wonderful stories so people like us can help shape their worlds," said Austerberry, referring to the film's director, Guillermo del Toro.

Austerberry then gave thanks to the production department, and others involved in the film.

"A big thank you to our amazing crew back in Toronto," added Vieau. "Without you guys, we definitely wouldn't be here today."

The Shape of Water also won best picture, best director for del Toro, and original score for French composer Alexandre Desplat.

Earlier this year, Tom Power sat down with Austerberry for a feature interview about the look of The Shape of Water. Watch:

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