How Mexicans became Hollywood’s best directors
Birdman’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu just became the second Mexican in a row to win the Oscar for best director.
“…The success of “Birdman” means Mexicans have won best director for two years running. In 2014, Alfonso Cuaron won for “Gravity,” his groundbreaking sci-film film that featured Sandra Bullock floating around a junkyard of orbiting satellites and made a whopping $716 million at the box office.
“Birdman” also won for best original screenplay writing and cinematography. It was shot by Mexico’s Emmanuel Lubezki, his second Oscar in a row after grabbing best cinematography for “Gravity” last year.
Recent Mexican filmmaker accolades don’t stop there. Guillermo del Toro won a cabinet of effects awards for his 2013 sci-fi monster flick “Pacific Rim.” Rodrigo Prieto is shooting top flicks like “Argo” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
So who is this band of Mexican artists and how did it fight to the top of one America’s most competitive industries?
Directors Gonzalez Inarritu, Cuaron and del Toro have become known as the “Three Amigos,” also the title of a book about the success of their “transnational filmmaking.” But the group extends beyond directors to the cinematographers Luzbeki and Prieto and others, including Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero…” (Complete article at the source.)