Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro was awarded the Directors Guild of America, DGA, Best Feature prize for his acclaimed new film “The Shape of Water” last night.
The film tells the tale of a mute woman who falls in love with a human-like sea monster at the time of the Cold War. Del Toro had been developing the story for years, and he says the film is “full of many reasons why it shouldn't work and they are the reasons that it works.”
Del Toro's film is one of the favorites for the Academy Awards, including the Best Director, Best Film and Best Original Screenplay prizes, and the DGA's award is probably a good sign for the Mexican director.
“At the time that the Lumiere brothers were recording a train coming into the station, the workers exiting the factory, there was a man called George Melies recording what was not there, what wasn’t possible,” said del Toro when accepting this award. “Sometimes, to speak about monsters, we need monsters. And the best way to phrase a longing, a healing, the need for inclusion… I really need a fable to talk about it. So I want to thank the DGA for choosing to reward us and allow us as a genre to come into the conversation."
The Shape of Water” has already won the Golden Globe's Best Director – Motion Picture award this year. When asked by a reporter about how the director is able to see human nature's dark side and be a happy, loving person at the same time, del Toro answered: “because I'm Mexican.”
The Dramatic Series prize was awarded to Reed Morano's “The Handmaid's Tale,” while Jordan Peele's “Get Out” won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement First-Time Feature Award.