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Guillermo del Toro Describes The Moment He Found Out He Was Nominated And It’s The Nerdiest Thing Ever

“I cried like Miss Universe, except with different measurements. 80-80-80.”

Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to award season but this year is different. The director’s latest project, “The Shape of Water,” has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Screenplay. Jimmy Kimmel asked del Toro about the moment he found out that the movie had been nominated. Was it a fancy reveal? No, del Toro was in bed wearing his sleep apnea machine mask when he got the call from his manager.

“So, I’m sleeping and I hear [buzzing sounds] and I can’t find my glasses. I have the sleeping machine [mask] on like Darth Vader and I can’t find [my phone] and I’m like, ‘If it’s important he’ll call again,'” del Toro tells Kimmel. “He calls again. I’m looking and I find the phone and I put it right next to my eye and I read, ‘Nominated for this.’ I go, ‘That’s great.’ It took four nominations for me to find my glasses.”

Kimmel did ask if he thinks that people in Mexico will be celebrating his accomplishment. The Mexican director said he just wants to be turned into a piñata filled with candy. Kimmel then asked del Toro to explain the movie because, tbh, the plot is a little bit out there when you just read the description. He explains the main plot of the movie and the fact that his two lead characters – a woman and a sea monster – do not speak and eventually have a love scene. The real magic, however, comes after del Toro reveals he spent three years developing the creature but has had the idea for the story since he was a six-year-old watching “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

Watch the rest of the video to hear del Toro talk about his process and the movie itself. The interview is delightful af.


READ: Guillermo Del Toro Is Back With Another One Of His Suspenseful, Visually-Striking Movies

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[VIDEO] Watch The Moment High School Students A NYC School Nerd Out And Lose Their Cool When Lin-Manuel Showed Up For Their Play

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[VIDEO] Watch The Moment High School Students A NYC School Nerd Out And Lose Their Cool When Lin-Manuel Showed Up For Their Play

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As you may have heard, there’s an “In The Heights” movie in the works. The production, produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu, will start shooting later this summer. While they have their main cast in place, they just had a casting call for extras. They specifically said they were looking for Latinos and would be in Washington Heights for the open call. Since they were in the area for the casting call, which is where the movie will be shot as well, the movie’s VIP crew had some time to check in on another important group.

Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by during a school production of “In The Heights” at George Washington High School in New York and surprised the cast.

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“We saw In The Heights in the Heights for the first time, with kids from all over the neighborhood,” Miranda tweeted. “It’s cool I only cried 10 times. These kids were so good. Our future is so bright.”

Jon M. Chu, director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” tweeted the moment when Miranda stepped onstage.

Some of the students were clearly surprised to see Miranda there, although not everyone, and we think we know why. If you watch the clip, Chu shoots the entire audience as well as the cast on stage. There were a lot of special guests in the audience, one of them being Luis A. Miranda, Jr., Lin’s dad. So, we’re not sure how much of this surprise was kept under wraps.

Other special guests included Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the screenplay for the new “In The Heights” movie.

We’re wondering if some of the students will be cast in the new movie. Why not? They need extras and clearly, these kids know a thing or two about the story. Might as well give a chance.

We also loved seeing all the selfies of Miranda with all of the students.

“Love working with you guys. #intheheights #intheheightsmusical,” Rubi Camila Perez Guzman shared on Instagram.

This kind of happiness is the best.

“Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be part of the show In The Heights,” Rebecca said on her social media page. “I got the opportunity to be part of a group of greats actors that are my family now. We worked for almost 4 months on this project and it was all worth it at the end to give this surprise to Lin Manuel Miranda. May 31 will be a night that I’ll never forget.”

What a spectacular night for Miranda, the cast of “In the Heights,” and the students.

“Had such an amazing time working with these amazing talented people,” Alexia Stewart posted on Instagram. “Thank you guys soooo much for accepting me into your family at such short notice. I love you all and I can’t wait till next year when I see you guys again.”

READ: We Finally Got A Peek At Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Casting Picks For ‘In The Heights’ The Play That Made Him Famous

Guillermo Del Toro Makes His Country Proud And Makes 12 Students Dreams Come True

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Guillermo Del Toro Makes His Country Proud And Makes 12 Students Dreams Come True

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One group of students is a step closer to making their dreams come true, in no small part thanks to Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

The director has often had a knack for making wishes come true – whether it be the starring character in “Shape of Water” or the slightly terrifying creatures of “Pans Labyrinth.”

But this time he’s helped grant the wishes of 12 Mexican math students who are aiming to travel to the International Math Competition happening this summer in South Africa.

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The news quickly went viral and reached the ears of Guillermo del Toro, who then took to Twitter and wrote: “I offer to cover the airline tickets for all 12 members of the Olympic math team to South Africa. @CDMXOMM, I’m following you. Send me a DM, please. Abrazos.”

It all started on Thursday when Matemáticas CDMX shared a video thanking supporters for donations to help them reach their goal.

The team was coming up short and without much support from the government, they weren’t likely to make the trip on their own – dashing their dreams of competing in South Africa.

Once news broke that GDT, as he’s affectionately called in Mexico, was to cover the flight costs, many were shocked and grateful.

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The mathmatics team themselves were shocked by the news and took to Twitter to say: “Wow! Just let us get up from the blackout!”

Many across social media were celebrating the gesture but it was the little math geniuses who were celebrating the greatest, as they’ll now be able to represent their country at this international event. The team took to Twitter to say they were “Excited, but above all motivated to give Mexico the international recognition that it deserves, we thank the community and other donors for their support of the Olympic team heading to South Africa…,” they wrote, noting that del Toro also will cover the flight tickets of another team that will attend a competition in the United Kingdom.

Many didn’t exactly know what to make of GDT trending on social media. Maybe he had a new movie in the works?

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Although we are all here for his incredible kindness, wouldn’t it be amazing if he also announced he was working on a new film?

But once everyone realized what was happening, everyone came out to thank him!

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We imagine there are many many Mexicans who feel the exact same way.

With the lack of support from the government, many were relieved that someone stepped up to help the kids achieve their goals.

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One person on Twitter summed it up by saying “This dude, this is how it’s done!”

Others on Twitter were proud to see one of their own taking action to help the less fortunate.

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Translation: “Guillermo del Toro, why did you pay for the plane tickets for the national math team?” “Because I am Mexican.”

Many were so moved by the generosity and shared how much hope it had given them.

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With one person taking to Twitter to say: “Guillermo del Toro, today with your incredible gesture I again have hope in our country we can improve if there are more people like you.”

READ: 23 Reasons Why Guillermo Del Toro Is Definitely Walk Of Fame Material

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