Three Mexicans win Oscars

Three Mexicans win Oscars
Photo via wikimedia David de la Luz

Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican and also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director.

Cuarón’s film “Gravity,” a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, won several other Oscars in technical categories.

But not everybody in Mexico was cheering for Cuarón. Some criticized him for not making enough films with Mexican themes. They also say he has become too Hollywood, according to the Associated Press.

Let’s not forget that Cuarón’s 2001 “Y Tu Mamá También,” was a great Mexican road trip film that examined class and politics in Mexico. It also helped launch the careers to two Mexican actors, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.

After that film’s success, Cuarón later went on to direct films such as “Children of Men” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

I don’t agree that one should limit one’s creativity only to a particular theme. Cuarón should not be limited to only making films about Mexico.

He should follow his creative passions. If he wants to only focus on Mexican themes, that would be his choice. But if he wants to focus on broader themes and work in Hollywood that also is his choice.

“I just do what I feel is the right thing at the time. I don’t think it’s a flaw,” Cuarón told the New York Times.

That doesn’t make the director, born in Mexico City, any less Mexican.

In coming to the U.S., like other immigrants, he followed a dream.

For some that’s golden.

Congrats also to the cinematographer for Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki, also of Mexico, who won an Oscar.

Also, actress, Lupita Nyong’o, born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents, won an Oscar for best supporting actress.

“No matter where you are from your dreams are valid,” Nyong’o said after winning the Oscar.


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