Career So Far: Starting out in a variety of behind-the-scenes jobs in the 1980s, the 53-year old Mexican broke into writing and directing with 1993 indie horror Cronos. The years ahead saw him alternate between big Hollywood productions (Blade II, the Hellboy films, Pacific Rim) and smaller, more personal films (The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth), whilst building a huge cult following and a wealth of critical admiration.
2018 Oscar Win For: His romantic monster movie The Shape of Water, which was named Best Film as well as winning him the Best Director Oscar.
What's Next: Hard to say. While The Shape of Water is only his 10th feature film, Del Toro is notorious for having innumerable projects on the go at once across multiple platforms. He's a producer on upcoming sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, and has 3 TV shows in pre-production: 3 Below, Carnival Row and Wizards.
As for his next movie as director: Del Toro has been linked to a new take on Pinnochio, and remakes of Fantastic Voyage and Nightmare Alley. However, many hope his Oscar success will mean he can finally get a greenlight for his long-in development dream project, HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness.