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Globes: del Toro wins Best Director for Motion Picture award

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

In his first nomination in the category, took home for Best for "The Shape of Water" and thanked monsters for being the patron saints of "our blissful imperfections".

His win has cemented the film's chances at the this year.

The movie, which entered the race with maximum seven nominations, is a lyrical drama of a mute cleaning lady at a lab and her unique bond with a mysterious scaled creature, living in the lab's water tank. The creature is a classified secret.

The 53-year-old Mexican filmmaker, known for alternating between dark Spanish language pieces and American mainstream films, described how "monsters" shaped his personality since childhood.

"Since childhood I've been faithful to monsters. I've been saved and absolved by them because monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections and they allow and embody the possibility of fail(ure) and live.

"For 25 years, I have hand-crafted very strange little tales, made of motion, colour, light and shadow," he said in his acceptance speech.

An emotional took a heavy breath and credited his stories for being his saviour.

"These strange stories and fables have saved my life. Once with 'The Devil's Backbone' and then with 'Pan's Labyrinth' and now with 'The Shape of Water'."

He also told off the producers in Hollywood for trying to play him off.

The bested ("Dunkirk"), Ridley Scott ("All The Money In The World) and ("The Post") who were being considered as the frontrunners for the honour.

He was also nominated in the category of Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture. lost to Martin McDonagh, who also received the nomination for Best for Motion Picture, for his work in "Three Billboards".

The presenter of the honour, highlighted the lack of female nominees in her introduction to the category.

Directors of "Wonder Woman", Greta Gerwig of "Lady Bird" and Dee Rees of "Mudbound" were not the part of the final five though they directed some of the best movies last year.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 09:35 IST