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Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Mexican director wins at Academy Awards

González Iñárritu expresses hope for building a government that Mexico deserves

Mexico scored well in the Academy Awards last night when the film Birdman picked up four awards: best picture, director, cinematography and screenplay.

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film, described as a sendup of Hollywood, had become a favorite to win during the past week despite mixed reviews. And after the awards were presented the news was greeted with a mixed reaction on social media.

Among the tweeters was the national office of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

In his acceptance speech,González Iñárritu made reference to two big issues for Mexico. “”I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico. I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve, and the ones that live in this country (U.S.A.), who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”

The PRI responded this morning with a message on its Twitter account, saying “it’s a fact that beyond just deserving a better government we are building one.”

The winning film’s cinematography award also went to a Mexican, Emmanuel Lubezki, who won the same award last year for the film Gravity.

The Reaper was another Mexican film vying for an award last night was. Produced by the film school Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, it was nominated in the best documentary short category.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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