“A rare and special cinema artist”: Guillermo del Toro honored at the MoMA film gala

Guillermo del Toro had a pretty big fall. Reviews of his reinvention of Pinocchio came in, and That Guardian gave the film five stars and praised del Toro’s “outrageous cinematic skills”. In this week, taylor swift, herself a budding director, remarked that if she could trade places with anyone in Hollywood for a day, it would be del Toro. “Imagine if you had this imagination, this visual vocabulary and this amazing body of work,” Swift said in a Q&A with That Hollywood reporter. And then, on Thursday, the Museum of Modern Art honored del Toro at its annual film benefit, sponsored by Chanel, with a blowout party in the museum’s grand atrium, where film star after film star sang its praises.

“Even though Taylor Swift just said she wants to Crazy Friday body swapping with you” rajendra roy, MoMA’s chief curator of film told del Toro during the formal dinner, “Of course, we’re reaching out to your staff to further confirm your amazingness.”

Richard Jenkins at the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit presented by CHANEL, a tribute to Guillermo del Toro.By Neil Rasmus/BFA.

first was richard jenkins, who recalled receiving a script from the Maestro and an offer to star in as a 69-year-old career-long character actor That shape of the water.

“And I was like, ‘Is that an answered prayer?'” Jenkins said.

The performance earned him an Oscar nomination and led to a role in del Toro’s next film. nightmare alley. As the applause died down, Jenkins said, “Someone now Yes, really interesting will talk – here is a video from the big ones Cate Blanchett.

“You are a rare and special cinematographer and it is a privilege to know you,” said Blanchett from Australia, where she is on the set. “So, indeed, the honor belongs to all of us.”

Next was Tim Blake Nelson, who recalled meeting del Toro at the Venice Film Festival while accepting an award for those absent joel and ethan coen, how to do it Nelson called del Toro “perhaps the most optimistic, generous lover of life I’ve ever met.”

“Working with him, breaking bread with him, listening to him, being heard by him just makes you better because you always let go of how lucky you are to be alive at the same time as him.” said Nelson said.

Guillermo del Toro and Jessica Chastain.By Neil Rasmus/BFA.

And then Jessica Chastain took the stage and compared del Toro’s directing methods to Terence Malick‘s, which she said is close enough to “T. Mally.” She was specifically referring to a scene she and del Toro were shooting for Crimson Peak when she had to knock down a cast-iron skillet — “These are a lot heavier than they look, by the way,” Chastain informed the crowd — in front of her costar Mia Wasikowska. It was super late at night and they were going take after take as del Toro just didn’t feel it. Then, around 2 a.m., del Toro urged Chastain to fill himself with as much disgust and hatred as possible and “just see what happens.”

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