“Fear is the condom of life. It doesn’t allow you to enjoy things,” declared Alejandro González Iñárritu on February 22 after his absurdly and deliciously fearless Birdman won four Oscars, including best picture.
It is the second year in a row that Mexican pluck has triumphed. In 2014 Alfonso Cuarón’s 3-D space-junk drama Gravity won seven Oscars, including the one for best director. Emmanuel Lubezki, both men’s wizard behind the camera, has taken best cinematographer for two years running. In America, where most Mexicans are noticed, if at all, sweeping floors and waiting at tables, such a masterful cleanup in Hollywood is a startling result.