Guillermo del Toro Takes Home First Oscar for Best Director in 'Shape of Water'


From Guadalajara, Mexico to the 90th Academy Awards' stage, Guillermo del Toro has come a long way. On Sunday the Mexican-native won his first Oscar for Best Director in the sci-fi romance Shape of Water.

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The Latino director had the highest number of nominations at the Oscars, totaling 13. During his acceptance speech, Del Toro said, “I am an immigrant,” name-checking Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal, and several other Mexican artists who were present in the room. He goes on to say, "In the last 25 years, I've been living in a country all of our own. The greatest thing our industry does is to erase lines in the sand. We should continue to do that," he said.

Many people took to Twitter to celebrate the achievement.

Four out of the five winners for Best Director come from Mexico.

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Watch his acceptance speech above.