Del Toro poses with actors Hawkins and Richard Jenkins at the 2018 DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
AFP / ROBYN BECK
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Guillermo Del Toro's bid for Oscars glory was boosted over the weekend as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors – a key predictor for the Academy Awards. The Mexican filmmaker was crowned best director for his Cold War-era fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" Saturday, a month ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood's annual awards season.The DGA Awards are seen as a bellwether of Academy Awards success – particularly the best director, as 13 of the last 14 winners went on to win the Oscar for best director.Peele walked away with a medallion for best first-time feature, and said the reaction to the movie had made for "the best year of my life, hands down".
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