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Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro praises The Academy for including horror and fantasy in 2018 nominations

Guillermo del Toro praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for embracing the horror and dark fantasy genre while nominating films such as The Shape of Water and Get Out for multiple Oscars

hollywood Updated: Jan 25, 2018 15:20 IST
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This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film The Shape of Water. (AP)

Guillermo del Toro praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for embracing the horror and dark fantasy genre while nominating films such as The Shape of Water and Get Out for multiple Oscars.

Del Toro’s The Shape of Water has bagged the most Academy Awards nominations, 13 in total, this year, while Peele’s Get Out got four Oscar nods. Both the directors are in contention for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay awards.

“It’s a landmark year. I say this because Jordan Peele and myself, through different alchemies, have taken the genre and each brought a very different, very personal take. I have always been interested in the dark poetics of the genre. And Jordan has evidently been incredibly compelled to tell the story from a different point of view and has elevated it to a parable of social power that I think is unrivaled,” del Toro told Entertainment Weekly.

Director Guillermo del Toro, recipient of the Best Director and Best Picture awards for The Shape of Water attends the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards Press Room at the Barker Hangar on January 11. (AFP)

Del Toro believes the recognition for the genre was long overdue and it has finally happened this year. “I look at the last 10 years, and I look at things like The Babadook, Under the Shadow, Tigers Are Not Afraid, and Let the Right One In. These are movies that are thematically strong, artistically strong. They are new proponents of this alchemy I mentioned,” del Toro said.

“I think the time has come to allow the genre to be part of the conversation,” he added.

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First Published: Jan 25, 2018 15:20 IST