Top Ten Films by the 'Three Amigos', Mexico's trio of celebrated filmmakers: Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Guillermo Del Toro who, awards watchers take not, all seem to be vying for this year's "lone director" spot on the Oscar shortlist.
It seems obvious that Scorsese (The Departed), Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima), Condon (Dreamgirls), and Frears (The Queen) will place in the directors nominations. But the fifth slot is, as ever, up for grabs. It's between any of these three Mexican auteurs, Pedro Almodovar (Volver), Paul Greengrass (United 93) or *sigh* a double dip for Eastwood (Flags of...). Who do you think will nab the coveted spot? Or do you think two of them will, leaving Condon without a song for Dreamgirls?
Anyway... the list:
- Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001, Cuarón)
- Children of Men (2006, Cuarón)
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Del Toro)
- Powder Keg (2001 *short The Hire, Iñárritu)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, Cuarón)
- Amores Perros (2001, Iñárritu)
- Cronos (1993, Del Toro)
- Babel (2006, Iñárritu)
- Mimic (1997, Del Toro)
- Hellboy (2004, Del Toro)
p.s. Speaking of beauty...here's hoping that the talented Fernando Eimbcke can raise his profile soon and become a fourth amigos --at least in regards to international media attention.