Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director at Golden Globes After Natalie Portman Calls Out 'All-Male Nominees'
By John Boone
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"And here are the all-male nominees," Natalie Portman announced while presenting the Best Director category with Ron Howard at the Golden Globes. It was an unexpected but incredible commentary on the fact that female directors were completely shut out this year.
And the Globe went to...Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water!
"Since childhood, I have been faithful to monsters," del Toro said as he accepted his win. "They allow and embody the possibility of failing… In many of these instances, these strange stories, these fables helped save my life. Ones with The Devil's Backbone, one with Pan's Labyrinth, and now with The Shape of Water."
The orchestra then began playing del Toro off. "Lower the music one second. It's taken 25 years, give me a minute," he said to applause, before going on to say, "I wouldn't be here without my cast, my crew, and I want to mention a few fantastic women sitting at this table," including stars Octavia Spencer and a tearful Sally Hawkins. "I thank you," he concluded. "My monsters thank you."