Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio nabbed the 2023 Oscars. The biggest night for Hollywood has finally begun and with an amazing start. After a year of speculation, one of the most anticipated Academy Awards is here. With Jimmy Kimmel entertaining the hosts tonight, this year will have the most first-timers, celebrating the competition between new and experienced artists in the industry.
Starting right off with the main categories, the night began with announcing the winners of the Best Animated Movie of the Year. The screen immediately shifted to showing off the nominations in the category.
Directors of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio thanked everyone in an overwhelming win
The Oscar kicked off with love and appreciation for the art of animation. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt presented this first award for the night. In fully powered excitement, the duo announced this year’s winner in the category to be none other than the heart-wrenching and tear-jerking animation of Guillermo De Toro and Mark Gustafson. The directors got on stage to thank each other and everyone around. While appreciating the cast and crew, they credited their parents and wives for supporting them on the journey.
“Animation is cinema,” said an emotional del Toro. He wants his love for the animation to continue as a form of storytelling and asked for help to keep continuing with the art form. Whereas Gustafson joked about how he is thankful to the other director, even for giving him a drinking problem.
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Now, other nominations in the Best Animation category included Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Sea Beast, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Turning Red. But this particular win marks de Toro’s first win as a director. Here is a look into his flick’s plot.
The story behind Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and its production
The dark fantasy musical was already making rounds for being a big potential win, considering its critical and box office success. While being based on Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, the execution of the movie in the modern day just brought out the intensity of the story. The movie cost $35 million to make and made approximately $108,967 in profits.
The story is set in Italy during the dark times of Word War II when a carpenter named Geppetto loses his child. Completely lost in the pain of loss, he carves a boy out of wood in remembrance of his son. But the toy soon comes alive in Pinocchio’s spirit.
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