González Iñárritu, director of Birdman. González Iñárritu, director of Birdman.wikimedia commons

Mexico at Oscars again this year

Birdman and The Reaper win nominations for the Academy Awards

Mexican filmmakers will be attending the Oscars next month for the second year in a row.

Alejandro González Iñárritu will be attending the Academy Awards ceremony for his film Birdman, nominated for best picture and best director. The film also has nominations for best screenwriting — González Iñárritu, sound editing — Martín Hernández, and cinematography — Emmanuel Lubezki, who was also a winner last year.

The Mexican film The Reaper, produced by Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and written and directed by Gabriel Serra Argüello, has been nominated for best documentary short.

At least year’s ceremony Mexico was represented by Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity, and Lubezki, who won the best cinematography award for the same film.

Mexico has a long and successful history at the Oscars, says a report by Latin Post, having earned 62 nominations and 14 wins in their 87-year history. One of the most famous nominees was Anthony Quinn, nominated twice for best actor but he never won.

However, he did win best supporting actor twice, becoming the first Mexican to win an acting award at the Academy Awards. The only Mexican actress nominated for best actress was Salma Hayek.

Mexicans have done better in the non-acting categories.

Birdman’s director González has been nominated once before, and cinematographer Lubezki has been nominated seven times. In the best art direction category Mexicans have been nominated 13 times, winning four.

This year’s ceremony takes place on February 22.

Sources: Latin Post (en)

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