Guillermo Del Toro Wins First Golden Globe Of 25-Year Career

“The Shape of Water” film gave Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro his first ever Golden Globe award, for Best Director. The movie was nominated for a total of seven awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Original Score.


Natalie Portman took the stage to present the award for Best Director to the “all-male nominees.” As he was delivering his speech, the orchestra announced he ran out of time, to which he said, “lower the music – it’s taken 25 years so give me a minute.”

Del Toro accepted the award and thanked monsters movie for saving him in the past, “I have been saved and absolved by them. Monsters are our way of making sense of imperfection,” he said. He also thanked the cast and everyone who worked on the making of the film.


Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer are some of the stars of the movie, which is a dark fantasy, Cold War-era monster movie and remixed fairy tale musical. Fellow countrywoman Salma Hayek celebrated Del Toro’s win with an Instagram photo.

“The movie is about listening and looking and about love because that’s what is really urgent that we say: Do not fear the other, do not believe the ideologies they’re feeding you,” Del Toro said.

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