At the ceremony del Toro told the large crowd of fans to always celebrate their "weirdness." He remembered coming to Hollywood as a young man and admiring the stars of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, and Alfred Hitchcock.
"What I felt with those stars is there were people who were as weird as me and they were here. And it gave me hope," said del Toro. "This star is for you, all of you who that feel weird."
Fellow filmmaker and longtime friend J.J. Abrams celebrated del Toro at the unveiling.
"You are a mind-bendingly, brilliant creator, a curator of the most remarkable collection of art, a man who tells stories of unlikely heroes with hearts almost as large as his own," said Abrams.
Del Toro also spoke about being an immigrant from Mexico, and encouraged everyone to believe in the possibilities in life, not the obstacles.
"Do not believe the lies they tell about us," said del Toro. "Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference."