Guillermo del Toro triumphed at the Oscars, where he won in the category of Best Animated Film with “Pinocchio”. This act can open the doors to other Latinos in Hollywood, but he considers it necessary that the filmmakers do a good job to continue with that opening.
Shortly after obtaining his golden statuette, the Mexican director spoke with journalists in the press room, and gave important advice to colleagues who are following in his footsteps in the cinema.
“Any time you do a job as a Latino or a minority you are not alone. And the first duty of the representation is to do it very well, since it is not only for you. You do it for the people who come after you and look for opportunities. And if you don’t, you close the door. Things have changed since I arrived in the nineties,” she expressed.
Guillermo del Toro talks about racism towards Latinos in Hollywood
In the same meeting with the media, Guillermo del Toro recalled a talk he had with his friend William Navarrowinner of the Oscar for Best Photography for “El Laberinto del Fauno”, in which he was questioned in a “joking” tone why he needed a Mexican filmmaker, if he already had a gardener.
“There was a lot of open racism. A glass ceiling. And you have to push it all the time. It does not end with a generation. It doesn’t end with one person. Together [hay que] push the limits and create opportunities”, confessed the Mexican filmmaker.
The 58-year-old from Guadalajara had previously won other golden Oscar statuettes in the categories of Best Director and Best Film for the film “The Shape of Water.”
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