Guillermo del Toro Feted By Visual Effects Society

by Thomas Tuna

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will have to clear out space in his trophy case.

The two-time Academy Award winner (The Shape of Water) and horror luminary will accept the Visual Effects Society’s Award for Creative Excellence during the 20th anniversary VES Awards ceremony March 8 at the Beverly Hilton, according to a report on Deadline.

VES chairperson Lisa Cooke called del Toro a “fiercely inventive storyteller who has pushed the boundaries of filmmaking. He has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional.”

In addition to his directing and screenwriting accomplishments, del Toro also studied makeup effects with acclaimed artist Dick Smith–of The Exorcist fame–and spent a decade as a special-effects makeup designer.

In the horror realm, del Toro has helmed such standout films as Cronos (1993), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Mimic (1997), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and Pacific Rim (2013).

As a producer or screenwriter, he has worked on The Orphanage(2007)Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Mama (2013) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2010).

His latest film–Nightmare Alley–has been nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and will compete for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects at the VES Awards.

The filmmaker–who has professed a lifelong fascination with monsters–was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 and has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the remarkable career of Guillermo del Toro.


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