Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s Oscars triumph and a win by animated film “Coco” were hailed by Mexicans on Monday as a sign of their nation’s cultural sway in the United States. This despite growing tensions under U.S. President Donald Trump.

Del Toro’s best director win for his “The Shape of Water,” a fable about the mistreatment of the powerless, marked the fourth time a Mexican had taken home the award in the last five years. It the success of Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

The accolades from Hollywood for Mexican filmmakers stands in contrast to Trump’s repeated attacks on the United States’ southern neighbor. Those attacks began when he launched his campaign by saying Mexican immigrants were rapists and murderers.


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