For most directors and actors who take home overdue Oscars, the win gives them an opportunity to rest and relax. With most of Hollywood on holiday until after the new year, Guillermo del Toro decided to shake up the party a bit. The acclaimed director, and reigning Oscar champion for Best Director and Best Picture, has long held eclectic taste. Considering his own style derives from monster stories, gothic romances, and magical realism, del Toro’s love of cinema is impressive. With 2018 wrapping up and his projects a ways away from coming to the big screen, the auteur weighed in on some of the best films of 2018.
Top 12 I have seen this year. Some yet to see. In no order.
“You Were Never Really Here”
“Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Leave No Trace”
“At the Gates of Eternity”
“Sorry to Bother You”
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 30, 2018
In a tweet sent over the weekend, del Toro signs off on several of the films his jury at the Venice International Film Festival awarded prizes. While he puts the list in no particular order, it was not surprising to see “Roma,” from Alfonso Cuarón lead the way. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” also took home a prize for Screenplay at Venice as well. Meanwhile, Venice kickstarted Olivia Colman’s run for “The Favourite” by rewarding her Best Actress. Those three films obviously had the support of the Jury President.
It’s fun to see that del Toro has not let the Oscar go to his head. His inclusion of films like “Sorry to Bother You” and “Mandy” are signs he’s still looking at films off the beaten path. Considering he is a member of the Academy, even this slight insight continues to beat the drum for a “Roma” Best Picture nomination. While we may have to wait a while until Guillermo’s Netflix “Pinocchio” comes to our homes, it is nice to know he’s still around.
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