Alejandro Inarritu soars into Hollywood lore with 2nd Oscar win

Inarritu has had an enviable career. His six feature films have all earned some kind of nomination at the Oscars.
Inarritu has had an enviable career. His six feature films have all earned some kind of nomination at the Oscars.

Agence France-Presse

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu soared into Hollywood lore on Sunday, giving Mexico a best director triumph at the Oscars for a stunning third straight year.

The former radio DJ became just the third filmmaker to win back-to-back Academy Awards for best director for his epic story of vengeance and survival, “The Revenant.”

He won the best director and best picture Oscars last year for “Birdman.” His friend and countryman Alfonso Cuaron won the top director award for “Gravity” in 2014.

Only two other Hollywood legends won two straight best director Oscars: John Ford in 1941 and 1942 and Joseph Mankiewicz in 1950 and 1951.

“I couldn’t be more happy. Every film is like a song — you can’t like one song more than the other,” Inarritu told reporters after his win.

Joe Biden slams Trump for “dangerous” rhetoric; 2 ex-presidents slam candidate

Ex-president Fox had some zingers for Trump.
Ex-president Fox had some zingers for Trump.

Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Mexico got a tongue-lashing Thursday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calling it “dangerous” and a Mexican ex-president dropping the F-bomb against his border wall plan.

Speaking during a visit to Mexico City, Biden told President Enrique Pena Nieto that there has been “a lot of damaging and incredibly inaccurate rhetoric” in the US election, but that most Americans do not share those views.

“I feel almost obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues have said about Mexico, about the Mexican people,” he said.

While Biden did not identify any candidates by name, Trump has used the strongest words against Mexico’s government and immigrants during the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Vicente Fox, Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, had harsher words, telling the US television network Fusion: “I am not going to pay for that fucking wall. He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”

The billionaire real estate mogul hit back on Twitter, writing: “Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be a uproar!”

Another former Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, also lashed out earlier this month, telling CNBC that the Mexican people “are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall.”