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90th Oscars Onstage Transcript: Best Picture

SPEECH BY: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers
FILM: “The Shape of Water”

GUILLERMO DEL TORO: Thank you, thank you very much. Growing up in Mexico as a kid, I was a big admirer of foreign film. Foreign film, like “E.T.”, William Wyler, or Douglas Sirk, or Frank Capra. And a few weeks ago Steven Spielberg said, if you find yourself there, find yourself in the podium, remember that you are part of a legacy, that you’re a part of a world of filmmakers, and be proud of it. I’m very, very proud. I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done. Really they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, and growing up in Mexico I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable(?) of using genre or fantasy to tell stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door, kick it open and come in. Thank you very much.

J. MILES DALE: This movie… [music begins to play]

JIMMY KIMMEL: What did you want to say? I’ll tell them.

J. MILES DALE: I just wanted to say that, this Guillermo, it’s his heart. And it’s everything. We thank him for letting us be a part of it.

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