Mexican directors take Oscar recognition in stride

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LOS ANGELES — Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron shook up Oscar night with an incredible 16 nominations between them, leading some to compare the group to another trio of renowned filmmakers: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and John Ford. Del Toro, for one, wasn’t buying it.

‘‘I was thinking more like Larry, Curly and Moe,’’ joked the director, whose film ‘‘Pan’s Labyrinth’’ garnered six nominations, including foreign-language film and screenplay.

‘‘We need like six of us for one Scorsese,’’ Alfonso said. ‘‘The great thing is to be sharing this moment together.’’ His film, ‘‘Children of Men,’’ was nominated for three Oscars.

Inarritu was up against Scorsese in the best director category for his film ‘‘Babel,’’ which was nominated in six other categories, including best picture.

AP

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