Monday, February 26, 2007

Bittersweet night for Mexican film

The recent prizewinning success of Mexican filmmakers, particularly of directors Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, has restored a measure of good feeling to Mexicans who had endured a year filled with drug-related killings and a disputed presidential election.

Last night was a bittersweet climax. Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" won awards for cinematography, makeup and art direction but lost the best foreign film trophy to Germany's "The Lives of Others." González Iñárritu's "Babel," nominated for seven Oscars, managed to secure only one award, for best original score. Cuarón's "Children of Men" failed to capture the best adapted screenplay prize, losing to "The Departed." Adriana Barraza, who played a distraught Mexican nanny in "Babel," couldn't overcome Jennifer Hudson of "Dreamgirls" as best supporting actress. Still, for some, it was important simply that their national film talent had received so much recognition, especially at time when the movie business here is in the doldrums.
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