By Ioan Grillo / Global Post
To the rolls of jazz drums and flying camera shots, Michael Keaton race-walks through crowded New York City in his tight underpants in a bizarrely hilarious scene of the dark comedy “Birdman.”
It’s a risky experimental combo. But Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu pulled it off on such a scale it propelled his movie to nine nominations for this Sunday’s Oscars, including wins for the big enchiladas of best director and best movie.
The success of “Birdman” means Mexicans winning 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.
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.” Emmanuel Lubezki won the 2014 Oscar for best cinematography and could walk away with that prize again this year for “Birdman.” 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?