Nightmare Alley cat Guillermo del Toro is set to receive the Visual Effects Society’s career honor next month.
The two-time Oscar winner for The Shape of Water — whose credits also include such effect-laden pics as Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II and the Pacific Rim and Hellboy films — will pick up the VES Award for Creative Excellence during the 20th anniversary VES Awards on March 8 at the Beverly Hilton.
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“Guillermo is a fiercely inventive storyteller, who has pushed the boundaries of filmmaking,” VES Board Chair Lisa Cooke said. “An exemplary talent, he has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects but also the emotional.”
Del Toro is up for the Best Picture Academy Award again this year for Nightmare Alley, his reimagining of the gritty 1947 noir. The pic starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett has four total Oscar noms and will vie for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature at the VES Awards.
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Along with his writing and directing credits, del Toro also is a prolific producer of such acclaimed and successful films as The Orphanage, Julia’s Eyes, Biutiful, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Mama. He studied makeup effects with legendary artist Dick Smith (Amadeus, The Exorcist); spent 10 years as a special-effects makeup designer; and formed his own company, Necropia.
The VES Award for Creative Excellence recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by uniquely and consistently creating compelling and creative imagery in service to story, per the group.
“Guillermo is an amazing creative force and a defining voice in our global community, and his body of work is a rich source of inspiration for future generations of artists and innovators,” Cooke added.
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