In perhaps one of the most expected wins of the night, Guillermo del Toro took home the Best Director statue at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night for his fantastical film The Shape of Water. This was his fourth Oscar nomination and first-ever win.
Leading up to the Oscars, del Toro won quite a few awards, including the top directing prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards. Upon winning the award, del Toro noted art has the ability to bring people together and "erase the lines in the sand ... when the world tells us to make them deeper.”
Watch his full and heartfelt acceptance speech below:
A stunning fantasy film, The Shape of Water had the most Oscar nominees of the night with 13 and in addition to del Toro’s directing win also picked up statues for Production Design (Paul Denham Austerberry), Set Decoration (Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin), and Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).
The movie would also go on to take home the Best Picture award, the first science fiction film in history to do so.
Additional material by Josh Weiss.