Mexico celebrates Hollywood success of director Guillermo del Toro on Oscar night

Patrick J. McDonnell and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

MEXICO CITY -- Guillermo del Toro's Oscar victories for best director and best picture for "The Shape of Water" have set off an outpouring of national pride and triggered celebrations in his Mexican homeland.

Many commentators on social media and elsewhere pointedly contrasted the success of Del Toro and other Mexican artists in the U.S. film industry with what many in the country assail as President Donald Trump's stereotyping of Mexicans as lawbreakers.

"Guillermo del Toro vindicates us in Hollywood," Sergio Aguayo, a political analyst, wrote in a Twitter message. "Another filmmaker who demonstrates in the United States that Mexico is more, much more, than the criminals who ... take advantage of the corruption of those who govern us."

Del Toro won the Oscars during the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday. Scores of Mexicans took to the streets early Monday to fete the director while prominent entertainers and others publicly lauded del Toro.

"Genius!" the Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal wrote on Twitter. "I love you."

Added fellow Mexican actor Diego Luna: "You are a beloved maestro ... No one deserves this more than you."

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Del Toro's "The Shape of Water" -- a Cold War era tale about a love affair between a cleaning woman at a government laboratory and a creature that looks like a cross between a fish and a human -- also garnered Oscars for best production design and original score.

Many politicians piled on the celebratory Twitter chorus, as Mexico's July 1 presidential election approaches.

"Proud of Mexico," wrote Jose Antonio Meade, presidential hopeful of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. "Great artist. Exceptional Mexican."

Armando Rios Piter, an independent presidential aspirant, wrote: "Keep on breaking borders!"


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