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Could Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu Be the Second Mexicano in a Row to Win the Best Director Oscar?

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Spring is around the corner and it can’t come quickly enough — kinda like the end of awards season. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve had a great time celebrating [email protected] and Latin American actors and auteurs: after all, 2015 was a historic year for Latinos on the small screen. But though we did score Oscar nominations in most of the major categories, there was no hiding our disappointment over how we remain underrepresented in the film industry.

Pride is something we don’t lack, though, so we’re gearing up to cheer on critical darling Birdman as it faces off against Boyhood later this week. The two films have been neck and neck throughout award season, though Birdman did earn the most Oscar noms. This weekend promises an end to the competition (we hope): the Independent Spirit Awards will air on Saturday, February 21 and Birdman and its incredible team, including Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, are nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Then, on Sunday, February 22, it’s the granddaddy of award shows: the 87th Academy Awards. Iñárritu, Lubezki, and crew will face off against Linklater’s squad in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography categories (talk about déjà vu).

Again, this is one of the closest races we’ve seen in years; Linklater got the Golden Globe for Best Director, but Iñárritu just nabbed the Directors Guild Award. And Lubezki, whose singular “one-shot” presentation stunned audiences and critics alike, just won top honors at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards. You’ll have to tune in this weekend to know for sure, but as we gaze at the list of accolades Birdman has already won, we’re feeling pretty confident about toasting to Iñárritu and el Chivo.

Here are the awards that Birdman has won so far…

Best Picture: Birdman

AACTA International Award, 2015
AFI Award, 2015
Gotham Independent Film Award, 2015
Satellite Award, 2015

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

AACTA International Award, 2015
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, 2014
Director’s Guild Award, 2015
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award, 2014
Vancouver Film Critics Award, 2015

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

AACTA International Award, 2015
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award, 2015
Boston Society of Film Critics Award, 2015
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, 2015
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, 2015
Golden Globe Award, 2015
New York Film Critics Online Award, 2015
San Francisco Film Critics Online Award, 2015

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

American Society of Cinematographers Award, 2015
Austin Film Critics Association Award, 2015
BAFTA Award, 2015
Boston Society of Film Critics Award, 2015
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, 2015
Chicago Film Critics Association Award, 2015
Critics’ Choice Movie Award, 2015
New York Film Critics Online Award, 2015
Visual Effects Society Award, 2014

 

The Independent Spirit Awards, co-hosted by Fred Armisen, will air on Saturday, February 21 at 5PM ET. The Academy Awards, with host Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22 at 7PM ET.