Golden Globes: Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director for 'The Shape of Water'

The win was the director's first.

Guillermo del Toro took home the Golden Globe for best director of a motion picture at Sunday's 75th annual awards show. He won for his film The Shape of Water.

Del Toro beat out Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.

"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," del Toro said in his acceptance speech.

The director, whose film focuses on the romance between an aquatic monster and a mute custodial worker, was nearly ushered offstage by music but told them to hold: "It took me 25 years, give me at least a minute." The music was turned down and he was allowed to continue, to rousing applause.

The category's nominees drew criticism for its all-male field of contenders and notable snubs of Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, both making their directorial debuts this year, for their critically acclaimed films Lady Bird and Get Out, respectively. Both films were nominated for best picture in the musical or comedy category, and Gerwig earned a nomination for best screenplay. Peele earned no individual nominations. 

Presenter Natalie Portman noted the lack of female nominees in her introduction.

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