Guillermo del Toro won Best Animated Film at BAFTA 2023

Guillermo del Toro won Best Animated Film at BAFTA 2023 for Pinocchio

Characters from Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro walk the red carpet at the 2023 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards at Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, on February 19, 2023. Portal/Peter Nicholls

On his way to the 2023 Oscars and continuing the good run since the Golden Globes, Guillermo del Toro He made history again after winning”Best Animated Feature” In The British Academy Film Awards in its 76th edition with its praised tape: Pinocchio.

The actor Jamie Dornan, known worldwide for the Fifty Shades of Gray erotic trilogy, was responsible for announcing the long-awaited category, which also featured other relevant blockbuster films such as Marcel the Shell with Shoes, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Disney’s Red . With an exuberant hug, the British model broke the news and presented him with the sculpture designed by artist Mitzi Cunliffe, which represents a mask, the traditional symbol of theater and tragic comedy.

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“Life is the journey. love is the reward. We are pleased to announce that (Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio) is the winner of the BAFTA in the animated film category. Congratulations to the entire team for this achievement!” the band’s official account announced on Instagram.

The film also won the 2023 Golden Globes in the same category (Photo: Instagram/@pinocchiomovie)

After receiving the statuette, Guillermo del Toro made an important speech on the importance of animation work, since he emphasized that it is a branch of cinema that is not only dedicated to children, but also a broad artistic field that should remain in cinematic conversation.

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Along with the team, the Mexican filmmaker thanked the British Film Academy for allowing animated films like Pinocchio to compete in categories where they are not normally considered. He also thanked the Netflix streaming platform for the support they provided to make the production possible.

“I want to give a special thank you to Netflix for thinking a few years ago that the life-and-death musical Pinocchio, where everyone ends up dying during the rise of Mussolini, was a good idea,” he said, amid laughter from the audience Audience, Guadalajara based filmmaker who was joined at the time of the awards ceremony by collaborators Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley.

“I would like to thank the British Academy not only for this honor but also for allowing our animated film to be included in categories it is not normally eligible for. I believe that animation isn’t a genre for children, it’s a medium for art, it’s a medium for cinema, and I think animation should be kept in conversation,” he added with an emotional expression in front of the character of Geppetto in a tuxedo that led to the award.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has been nominated for three categories at the BAFTAs: Best Animated Film, Best Soundtrack And Best Production DesignHowever, only he could win with the first.

Animation should stay in the conversation! 👏 @RealGDT

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 19, 2023

The BAFTA is the third consecutive award for Pinocchio in this category best animated filmsince he previously a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Awarddistinguishes itself as a favorite band compared to that OscarCeremony held on March 12th.

In this edition of the BAFTAs, the film Babylonfrom the director Damien Chazelle, in which they participate Brat Pitt and Margot Robbie, won the award for Best Production Designleaving out Pinocchio from the shortlist, who also competed for All Quiet Front, The Batman and Elvis awards.

The multi-award-winning war film All Quiet on the Front, directed by Edward Berger, won the award for best soundtracknot only leaves Pinocchio by Del Toro, but to Avatar: the way of the water, Elvis, Tár, and Top Gun: Maverick.