Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro is one of the most celebrated artists in contemporary world cinema. He started out as a make-up artist in Mexican cinema in the 1980s, and subsequently made his directorial debut with the Mexican horror drama Cronos (1993). The film, which won many accolades including the International Critics Week Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, was the first of many cinematic landmarks in del Toro's career.
Subsequently, the director made his Hollywood debut with the sci-fi horror film Mimic (1997). While commercial success eluded the filmmaker in the early stages of his career, superhero films like Blade II (2002) and Hellboy (2004) earned del Toro considerable mileage as a hitmaker in the 2000s. The acclaimed 2006 dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth catapulted del Toro to international attention, earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay besides several other accolades. Besides direction, del Toro also has an impressive body of work as a screenwriter, having penned the screenplay for The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014), which he was originally supposed to direct as well.
A prolific producer, del Toro has bankrolled a number of films besides the ones he directed. Notable among these are Rage (2009), Julia's Eyes (2010), The Book of Life (2014) and the sci-fi action film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018). Notable bibliography includes the horror novels The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal. Other significant directorial credits include The Devil's Backbone (2001), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013) and Crimson Peak (2015).
In 2017, del Toro wrote, directed and produced the fantasy drama The Shape of Water, which told the story of an unlikely romance between a mute woman and a humanoid creature. The film, which opened to universal critical acclaim, won him the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for Best Director besides accolades at several prestigious international film festivals like the Venice Film Festival. The Shape of Water also received 13 Academy Award nominations, including two for del Toro.