del Toro Wins Golden Globes and Affirms Monstrous Faith

Guillermo del Toro recently won the Best Director award at the Golden Globes for The Shape of Water. He was true to himself and his lifelong faith in monsters, as evidenced in his acceptance speech. Excerpts below:

“I thank you. My monsters thank you.”

“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. Monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection.”

“For 25 years, I have hand-crafted very strange little tales… in three precise instances, these strange stories have saved my life – once with The Devil’s Backbone, once with Pan’s Labyrinth, and now with The Shape of Water. As directors, these things are not just entries in a filmography. We have made a deal with a particularly inefficient devil, that trades three years of our life for one entry on IMDb. And these things are biography. And they are life.”

“Somewhere, Lon Chaney is smiling on all of us.”

Del Toro's full backstage question and answer session following his win can be viewed here.

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