Director who wouldn't be silenced at Golden Globes

From BBC - January 10, 2018

"Lower the music, guys, one second."

Guillermo del Toro was mid-acceptance speech at Sunday night's Golden Globes when the orchestra began playing him off.

"It's taken 25 years [to win this award]," The Shape Of Water director laughed. "Give me a minute. Give me a minute!"

Not only did his demand prompt cheers from the audience - but it was also effective, as the orchestra did in fact back off and allow him to finish.

Del Toro went on to complete his speech, later praised for its poignancy, in which he stressed that making movies had "saved his life" on three separate occasions.

"I understand that there's a show to run and I understand that they needed to get going," the director tells BBC News.

"But there is also the need [for the winner] to acknowledge a few people that were integral to the process of the movie, and to finish your thought."

Del Toro, who has also been nominated for best director at next month's Baftas, adds that the walk from the table to the stage can be overwhelming, and therefore require some extra time to gather your thoughts.

"When you reach that stage, you want a moment to recompose yourself and say what you think, so you know, I felt I needed just a few more seconds," he says.

Did anyone from the Globes tell him off for going over his allotted time?

"No no, the beautiful thing in the Globes is not that I asked for more time and the orchestra to be quiet, but that they gave it to me.

"That's the remarkable thing. It was very generous and very moving."

But del Toro's acceptance speech was not the only thing that caught viewers' attention during the presentation of best director.

While introducing the category, actress Natalie Portman said: "And here are the all-male nominees."

The camera panned to del Toro as she said it, but, he explains now, he had not initially heard what she said.

"From where we were sitting, sometimes what is said on the stage in the microphone is very hard to hear," he says.

"It's one thing on TV, and one thing around [the auditorium]. I heard the category, and I was reacting to that, and it was only a few beats later that you heard what she said.


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