In the first award given during the 95th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won the Best Animated Feature Film category for his film Pinocchio.
Del Toro, 58, delivered another epic speech when accepting his third career statuette, this time for a film that took nearly 10 years to produce.
“Animation is cinema,” Del Toro said. “Animation is ready to be taken to the next level. Let’s keep it in the conversation, help us. I want to thank the love of my life, Kim, my children, my mother, my father who are here with me (in his heart). I am their son and I love them.”
Del Toro’s Pinocchio beat out other animated pictures such as Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, The Sea Beast and Turning Red.
This award places Del Toro on the podium of Mexican directors with most Oscars won, equaling Emmanuel Lubezki with three and trailing only Alejando Gonzalez Iarritu at four and Alfonso Cuaron, who leads the group with five statuettes.
Who is Guillermo del Toro?
In 2017, Del Toro won a pair of Oscars in the Best Picture and Best Director categories for his brilliant work on The Shape of Water.
Del Toro also has four other Oscar nominations that he did not win, including Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006.
He was born in Guadalajara and has been a film director since the age of 21, garnering experience in all types of films.
His extensive resume is mainly focused on science fiction themes, making him true master when it comes to these kinds of productions.