Guillermo del Toro, Sebastián Lelio, and Carlos Saldanha Nab Golden Globe Nominations

Sebastián Lelio and Daniela Vega

Sebastián Lelio and Daniela Vega

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced this morning the nominations for the 75th annual edition of the Golden Globes, which includes a handful of Latin American nominees. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro received two nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his most recent production The Shape of Water, which leads this year's Golden Globe nominations in seven categories total.

Del Toro becomes the fifth Latin American filmmaker to nab a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director after Ismael Rodríguez (My Son, the Hero, 1962), Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, 2005), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 2006; Birdman, 2014; The Revenant, 2015) and Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, 2013).

The Chilean film A Fantastic Woman / Una mujer fantástica by Sebastián Lelio will be representing Latin America in the Best Foreign Film category. The film follows a transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

In the Animation Film category, Ferdinand by Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha is competing against Coco, the Disney Pixar's production about Mexico's Day of the Dead tradition. Both films also earned a nomination for Best Original Song – Motion Picture: "Home” for Ferdinand and “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for Coco.

The winners of the 75th Golden Globes will be announced at a ceremony on January 7, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.