The director also opened up about the immense success of 'The Shape of Water.'
Guillermo del Toro wasn't sweating Natalie Portman's Golden Globes diss.
The actress made headlines for slamming the Hollywood Foreign Press Association while announcing the "all-male" nominees for Best Director at the awards show on Sunday, and while del Toro's off-the-cuff reaction circulated online, he later told ET that he wasn't upset by the comment.
"I love them," del Toro told ET's Cameron Mathison on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet of the women directors like Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig who were not nominated by the HFPA.
"What this season has told us [is] it's time for everyone to say what they think, so let's do it," he added.
Del Toro, who also won Best Director (Gerwig scored a nod this time) at the Critics' Choice Awards, reacted to the immense success of The Shape of Water, which led the pack with 14 nominations at Thursday's awards show.
"You take it in strides beautifully. When it happens, it's great," he said. "Now, it doesn't happen every time, so you learn not to go a little crazy. It's beautiful."
Steven Spielberg also told ET what he thought of Portman's dig, calling it a "watershed" moment that wasn't "happening fast enough for women directors."
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