Rooting for Iñárritu, Leo and “The Revenant”

Oscar season is my favorite time to go to the movies. Oscar Sunday is my favorite TV viewing day of the entire year, donde me instalo en frente de la tele at noon for all the pre-shows and don’t move until the credits for the Oscars stop. I am, and always will be, an Oscars junkie.

For the second year in a row, I am extremely excited for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and the fact that he could win back to back Oscars for Best Movie and Best Director. I may need to recheck my Academy Awards facts, but that may be the first time ever. (Emanuel “Chivo” Lubezki could win 3 years in a row for cinematography- imagine that!)

So while many folks are upset about the #OscarsSoWhite for the acting categories, at least we can say that the Academy recognizes a los mexicanos detrás de las cámaras. There’s a whole lot of love there.

Last weekend AGI won the Director’s Guild of America award and he was especially sentimental during his speech. Se le salieron las lagrimas.

His speeches always pack a punch, like the beautiful and eloquent one he delivered at LACMA last November or when he was brave enough to speak his mind during his “Birdman” Best Movie winning acceptance speech at last year’s Oscar ceremony, dedicating his award to Mexicans in Mexico, and Mexicans in the US. He makes me so proud every time he speaks. He blows my mind every time I see one of his movies. And I’ve seen them ALL. Even his commercials are out of this world.

(When Amores Perros came out here in LA, the year 2000, I bought 15 tickets and took all my friends to go see it at an arthouse movie theater in Santa Monica, opening weekend. I had just seen it in Mexico, so I told everybody we absolutely had to see it. That it would change their lives….Nobody believed me but we all went. Afterwards, everyone had an intense reaction and they were quite speechless, and I remember my best friend Alex Munguía said as we were leaving the theater, “Oh my God! Cristina tuvo un crisis existencial y nos trajo a todos a compartirla.”)

So take a look at his DGA speech and feel the love as well. This is a genius filmmaker in his prime, a powerful and influential Mexican who doesn’t hesitate to defend us, to voice his opinion against the idiot (who shall remain nameless) running for president and speaking up every chance he gets.

Click on the link here and watch all the way to the end: “LEO, LEO… I LOVE YOU, Cabrón!” (Which is EXACTLY what I would say to Leonardo Di Caprio if I ever should run into him in person.)

It’s on youtube on the DGA page.

And root for him and the movie on Feb. 28th, and definitely, definitely root for Leo, because that man DESERVES an Oscar already. Please give Leo an Oscar!!! Ya estoy prendiendo veladoras.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu wins the DGA Award for the the second year in a row, for “The Revenant”. Video link here




Virtual Re-visit to the art of Rufino Tamayo

A few years ago, 5 to be exact, I was visiting Mexico D.F. on a whim and made a short stop to one of my favorite museums, el Museo Rufino Tamayo. It is a place I love, because of the architecture and space, as well as the location by the Bosque de Chapultepec and Polanco, which is a really nice area for an afternoon visit.

I blogged about my visit to the Museo Rufino Tamayo back then, and about how moved I was by an exhibit about the photographer Tina Modotti and her letters to fellow photographer Edward Weston in 1930. I think I must have been short on time, because I don’t recall seeing any works by the master Rufino Tamayo himself. That is a pity, because I do love his paintings. ¿Qué pasó que no tengo ninguna foto del arte de Rufino Tamayo en esa visita? A lo mejor estuve muy busy tomando fotos de la arquitectura y se me fue el tiempo.

Lucky for me, I have a newfound love for an online gallery service called Artsy. I am thrilled with their site, and would encourage you to take a look if you’re into art and news about the art world.

Artsy’s mission is to strive to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone online. They have a Rufino Tamayo page, where you can find his bio, images with some of his works and most importantly, a link to shows where you can see his art on display, which is a really valuable resource. So check it out.

In the meantime, since it’s Flashback Thursday, here are a few pix of that short visit to the Museo, and to the minimalist architecture by the Mexican architects Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon and Abraham Zabludovsky.

Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

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