January 25, 2011 by Post Team 

BIUTIFUL, (AP) – Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu said Tuesday he is honored by the nomination for best foreign film for “Biutiful,” an Oscar category of Mexico has not yet won, despite seven previous nominations.

Inarritu has also said he is pleased that the Spanish actor Javier Bardem was nominated for best actor in leading role in the film.

“It is a distinction and recognition for me and all the contributors who made this film possible,” said Gonzalez Inarritu network Televisa. “It’s a great way to end a long process, four years of struggle and job. “

The Director thanked the Mexican Film Academy to choose his work to represent the country and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the nomination; his second in the category after his 2000 film “Amores Perros”.

Movies of Greece, Algeria, Canada and Denmark were also nominated.

“The truth is that I have not had the opportunity to see other movies, but surely they are films of high caliber,” he said. “I know the competition and it is out of our hands.”

“Biutiful” deals with the lives of immigrants in Barcelona and tells the story of a father, played by Javier Bardem, who knows he will die and discover the meaning of life and love.

“It made me very happy to see Javier named first because I think he deserves it and made a monumental work,” said Gonzalez Inarritu.

He said he felt a rare and extraordinary sensation of being nominated for a film that has no happy ending and lack of “some elements that would be obvious to the academy.”

Also “Biutiful” and “Amores Perros”, the other entries from Mexico into the category of best foreign film was “Macario” (1960), “Animas Trujano” (1961), “Tlayucan” (1962), “Proceedings of Marusia “(1975),” The Crime of Father Amaro “(2002) and” Pan’s Labyrinth “(2006).

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