Three Latine directors were awarded for their film and TV work on Tuesday evening (January 11) during the 80th Annual Golden Globes.
Guillermo del Toro won a Globe in the Best Animated Feature category for his stop-motion version of Pinocchio; Miguel Sapochnik won in the Best Television Series – Drama category for the HBO fantasy House of the Dragon; and Santiago Mitre won in the category Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language for the historical drama Argentina, 1985.
During his acceptance speech, Del Toro, who won his first Golden Globe in 2018 for Best Director for The Shape of Water, said 2022 was “a great year for cinema … of all sizes [and] ambitions.” He made it a point to remind everyone that “animation is cinema,” which received a round of applause from the audience.
“Animation is not a genre for kids; it’s a medium,” he said. “We gave life and beauty and truth to a tale about life, loss and belonging.”
Sapochnik, who was born in London and is of Argentine origin, was the co-showrunner on the debut season of House of the Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones. He also directed three of the 10 episodes. During his speech, he took the opportunity to tell the cast of fellow nominated series Severance how much he loves their show.
“Severance is awesome,” he said. “If I could have made House of the Dragon like Severance, I would have. But it would’ve been a bit weird.”
Mitre, who took the stage with lead actor Ricardo Darín, started his speech in Spanish, but quickly switched to English, leading some to side-eye the switch as barely any Spanish was spoken during the U.S.-based awards ceremony in a nation with an estimated 62 million Latine people and because Spanish is the official language of Argentina.
“I want to share this with all the people who, since the dictatorship, have been fighting to build a better democracy in Argentina,” he said. “I think democracy is something that we need to keep fighting for.”
For a rundown of all the winners, visit goldenglobes.com.