Thursday, June 13, 2024

Cannes Jury Leader Will Be Oscar Winner (Birdman, The Revenant) Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu


The 2019 Cannes jury should be interesting. The festival has announced the leader, and it’s Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu, multiple Oscar winner for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.” He won back to back Oscars for writing and directing each of those, and leading “Birdman” to a Best Picture win.

Innaritu has also won awards for movies like “Babel,” “Buitiful,” and “Amores Perros.”

So hold on: maybe he’ll choose Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron to join him, plus Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz. They’ll make it all Mexico and Spain. It would be a great theme for Cannes! All Oscar winners and nominees from those countries. We’ll drive Trump crazy!

Add to that the very strong possibility of a new Pedro Almodovar movie called “Pain and Glory” starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope.

I’m in!

PS I’d love it if Cannes would show Woody Allen’s “Rainy Night in New York.” So would the French!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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