2018 is shaping up to be the year of Guillermo del Toro as he wins his first Golden Globe for directing “The Shape Of Water.” He is following up on the footsteps of his compatriots and best friends Alfonso Cuaron, who dominated awards season in 2014 with “Gravity,” and Alejandro González Iñárritu who was the awards darling in 2016 with “The Revenant.”

Guillermo Del Toro shape of water

Del Toro is known for delving into the fantastical worlds of monsters and creatures, but somehow filling them with humanity and warmth. In his latest, “The Shape of Water,” he creates a story that has elements reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast,” with much more depth. Sally Hawkins’ character is deaf, and yet manages to make an emotional connection with the creature played by Doug Jones. As del Toro says, “The female character is the engine of change, and the beast remains the beast.” He adds, “Love is not about transformation or changing the person.”

After the win del Toro said, “All my movies are strangely biographical, whether they end up lining up with social concerns or not. I only do the stories I want to tell. I only tell them the way I want to tell them. 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. That will continue — even stronger now.”



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