Guillermo del Toro wins the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Director

Andrew Cummings
January 9, 2018

"Merci beaucoup", Desplat begun his acceptance speech, going on to give special shoutout to Water director Guillermo Del Toro.

This is the first Golden Globe victory for the Mexican filmmaker. January 8, 2018: Donald Trump may be pushing hard for a wall between Mexico and the United States, but a Mexican-born director, known for his dark fantasy pieces, last night walked away with the Golden Globe for best director. His win has cemented the film's chances at the Oscars this year. "I've been doing this for 25 years and with the exception of 1995 with 'Mimic, ' the movies I've made are the movies I feel I need to make".


"Since childhood, I've been faithful to monsters".

Del Toro Gómez has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror films, The Devil's Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action films, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013).


"I've been very stubborn for many, many years", he said, which earned a few laughs from the assembled press backstage.

Del Toro accepted the award with a speech about the value of monster movies, saying "I have been saved and absolved by them". Directors Patty Jenkins of "Wonder Woman", Greta Gerwig of "Lady Bird" and Dee Rees of "Mudbound" were not the part of the final five though they directed some of the best movies a year ago. He was also nominated in the category of Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture. del Toro lost to Martin McDonagh, who also received the nomination for Best Director for Motion Picture, for his work in "Three Billboards".


The award was presented by Ron Howard and Natalie Portman, the letter of whom cooly observed: "And here all the all-male nominees".

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