Mexican Director Del Toro Nominated for Best Picture Oscar

Photo: Nightmare Alley


Mexican horror film director Guillermo del Toro will again repeat in the Academy Awards this year for the best-picture Oscar with his dramatic thriller “Nightmare Alley,” which was nominated for a quartet of awards Tuesday, Feb. 8, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences via global live stream.

Del Toro, who won the Oscar for best achievement in directing with his 2018 “The Shape of Water,” was not nominated for best director this year, but his new film did score nominations for best picture, cinematography, production design and costume design.

“Nightmare Alley” will compete against nine other films for the title.

It is the second film by Del Toro to be considered in the best picture category, after “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro’s new film, a remake of a 1947 psychological thriller and a tribute to cinema noir, is set in New York during the 1940s. The plot revolves around a robbery scheme by a small-time swindler and a clairvoyant.

Another Mexican, Carlos López Estrada, was nominated along with Don Hall, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho for their respective work in the animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

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