Director Guillermo del Toro showed himself a master of dark fantasy from his very first feature film “Cronos”. His early works in Spanish include the mystical “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the chilling ghost story “The Devil’s Backbone”.
The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, with The Shape of Water leading the field.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama, starring Sally Hawkins, is named in 12 categories. See the full list of nominees here.
The film is based on true life story of Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis, who was born with physical deformities in her fingers and spine and suffered from crippling arthritis. Born in 1903, she married Everett Lewis, a fish peddler when she was 34 and lived with him in poverty in his tiny one room up one down cottage with no electricity and running water, until her death aged 67 in 1970.
Dir. Paul King, UK, 2014, 95 minutes. Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi. Lovingly and respectfully updated from Michael Bond’s books and featuring a cast of British National Treasures™ including Julie Waters, Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton and Jim Broadbent, Paddington is a self-consciously and ridiculously heartwarming tale. Starring a CGI bear. The cast is very...