Movie News: ‘Shape of Water’ Director Guillermo del Toro Named Year’s Best

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water: Guillermo del Toro has been named the best feature-film director of the year for The Shape of Water by his peers in the Director’s Guild of America. The winner has often gone on to win the Academy Award for directing; out of 69 previous winners, 62 proceeded to win Oscars. Other awards went to Jordan Peele (Get Out) as best first-time director and Matthew Heineman for his documentary City of Ghosts. [The Wrap]


Coco: Disney/Pixar’s Coco was honored at the 45th Annie Awards as the best animated feature of the year. Coco received honors in 11 categories, including Anthony Gonzalez, who was recognized for his voice acting as Miguel, the film’s young lead character. The Breadwinner was honored as the Best Animated Feature-Independent. [Animation Scoop]

Santa Clarita Diet

The Stand-In: Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, above) will star in The Stand-In. She will play two roles: an actress who has lost touch with her roots and her ambitious stand-in, who gradually takes over the actress’ entire life. Barrymore will also produce; Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader) will direct the romantic comedy. [Variety]


November Trailer: Something strange is afoot in the first trailer for November. Based on a popular Estonian novel, the movie mixes black magic and romantic yearnings into a surreal tale, set in a remote village. Shot in black and white, it’s due to open in select theaters on February 23. [Movieclips]