Thanks. GDT is a filmmaker who I run pretty hot and cold on (I have very mixed feelings about both Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, for instance), but I really, really enjoyed this one.
I also seriously hope that Richard Jenkins doesn't get left out of the awards conversation for this. Shannon's definitely got the flashy villain role and he does his thing quite well, but Jenkins is so, so good here as Hawkins' closeted artist friend. It's just lovely, understated and touching work.
One of the better things about the movie, I think, is that it takes the time to dig a little into the lives of each one of the main characters away from the story (Octavia Spencer gets a little bit of the short end of the stick in this regard, unfortunately, but she's still terrific nonetheless). It invests time in them as people, not just plot devices, so that when everyone's story starts to collide you're fully engaged and you understand why each one of them does what they do, without it feeling superfluous (this is definitely an element I can see not working for everyone, but it worked for me). It still very much functions as a fairy tale/parable, but everyone's just a bit more well-rounded than they would usually be in a film of this ilk.