Mexican director Guillermo del Toro reacts to Oscar nominations

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro scored three personal Oscar nominations on Tuesday, January 23, for his work on The Shape of Water. The director, who hasn’t been nominated in over a decade, earned nods in the Best Director, Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories.

The 53-year-old’s film that stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins leads the pack with 13 Academy Award nominations this year. The fantasy-thriller won the 2018 PGA Award earlier this month. The last ten movies that took home the award went on to win the biggest honor at the Oscars.

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“It’s been such a long journey,” Guillermo told Deadline of his nominations. “In hindsight, people will say, ‘But of course,’ but every time you take a risky mad dash on a premise like this—or like Pan’s Labyrinth or The Devil’s Backbone— when you’re doing alchemy as delicate as this with genre, you never know. It can go either way. There is no hindsight in this. This is a contact sport. You go at it, and you clash with the material. The one thing you learn in a quarter of a century of doing this is there’s no such thing as a sure bet."

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