WATCH: Guillermo del Toro Keeps It Real And The Creators Of ‘Coco’ Thank Mexico As They Take Home A Golden Globe
In celebration of American film and television, hundreds of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters and more gathered for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday. Although the representation of Latinos in film and television still needs lots of work, we were happy to see director Guillermo del Toro and animated film “Coco” take home a statuette.
As del Toro accepted his Golden Globe for Best Director, he made sure he wasn’t interrupted, telling the sound crew to lower the music so he could finish speaking.
In recognition of his work on “The Shape of Water,” del Toro gave an emotional speech. A spellbinding mix of science fiction, horror, and romance, “The Shape of Water” follows the main character, Eliza, a custodian in a science lab who becomes enamored by a mysterious creature held captive by scientists.
Del Toro speaks on his personal connection to monsters, opening his speech by saying, “Since childhood I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. Because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfections.”
His deep connection to monsters goes back a long time, with his films “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and others.
As del Toro began thanking his cast and crew, music came on cueing for him to wrap up his acceptance speech. But the director wasn’t having it, saying “C’mon guys. It’s taken 25 years. Give me a minute.”
The crowd applauded wildly in response, and del Toro went on to thank the incredible women he worked with on the film.
And the monster talk continued backstage.
In the backstage interview, del Toro was asked how he manages to balance being joyful and loving with seeing the dark side of human nature and terror. His response: “I’m Mexican.”
He goes on to elaborate, “No one loves life like the way we do, because we are so conscious about death.”
After the ceremony, del Toro celebrated with a trip to In-N-Out.
After the globes- celebration pic.twitter.com/wqKVVu7ivA
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 8, 2018
This is so me.
Another Golden Globe winner was Disney-Pixar film “Coco,” awarded Best Animated Motion Picture.
Director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson, and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina took the stage to accept the award for their first Mexican-centered Pixar film. Unkrich started off his acceptance speech by thanking Disney and Pixar for allowing them to tell such a culturally rich and beautiful story and for “empowering us to tell it with the respect and the dignity that it deserved.”
As “Coco” revolves around Día de los Muertos, Unkrich also took a moment to thank the loved ones we have lost who, as he put it, “paved the way for us to be the people that we are today.” He concluded his speech by thanking the people of Mexico, without whom they wouldn’t be able to tell this story.
In the backstage interview for “Coco,” Molina touches on how personal this film was for him as a Mexican-American writer and director in the entertainment industry.
The filmmakers explain that one of the main goals for “Coco” was to be as specific, respectful, and authentic as possible in regards to the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. Molina admits that “Coco” has been the most encouraging film for him thus far because “it reflects what you can do when you take that time and you open the door and invite many voices into the room.” Even though it took six years to make the movie, Molina feels it was completely worth it and marks this Golden Globes a very special moment for all Latinos.
Here’s how “Coco” fans responded on the internet.
Very well deserved. ?? Congratulations to Guillermo del Toro and to everyone behind the making of “Coco.”