Guillermo Del Toro refuses to leave Golden Globes stage despite time being up: 'It's taken 25 years'

He stood his ground

Ilana Kaplan
New York
Monday 08 January 2018 05:52
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Guillermo Del Toro refuses to leave stage despite time being up

Guillermo Del Toro won 'Best Director' for his film The Shape of Water at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, and he wasn't about to let anyone steal his glory.

After the orchestra began playing music after he barely began his speech, Del Toro insisted he deserved more time since he had waited so long for this accolade.

The Shape of Water director wasn't going to let mood music ruin his moment.

"Lower the music," he said, once the music began. "It's taken 25 years. Give me a minute. Give me a minute!"

His wish was the Golden Globes' command because he got to continue his acceptance speech.

"For 25 years I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, colour, light and shadow," he explained. "In three precise instances, these strange stories, these fables, have saved my life. Once with Devil's Backbone, once with Pan's Labyrinth, and now with Shape of Water, because as directors, these things are not just entries in a filmography. We have made a deal with a particularly inefficient devil that trades three years of our lives for one entry on IMDb. And these things are biography and they are alive."

The Shape of Water stars Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones.

Del Toro was nominated alongside Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All The Money In The World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.

The director's speech wasn't the only impassioned one of the night - Oprah Winfrey gave a memorable monologue for her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille award for excellent contributions to the entertainment industry.

This is Del Toro's first Golden Globe win.

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