Three Amigos reunion or else! In our recent poll asking if the academy should task Best Director Oscar winners Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu to present the category — very likely to their Three Amigos cohort Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) next month — 62 percent of you voted a resounding yes.
Whether you’re Three Amigos fans or not, it seems many readers are dying for that warm-and-fuzzy moment if Cuaron (2013’s “Gravity”) and Inarritu (2014’s “Birdman” and 2015’s “The Revenant”) welcome their pal into that very exclusive club. After his Directors Guild Award win, Del Toro is a 1/10-odd favorite at the Oscars to give Mexico four Best Director Oscars in five years.
The academy also has a history of cherrypicking presenters with ties to nominees or possible winners at the risk of an upset. Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas presenting Best Director to their longtime friend Martin Scorsese for “The Departed” (2006) would be most akin to this situation. When it fails, you have situations like Harrison Ford announcing “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) as the Best Picture winner instead of “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) from his Indiana Jones director Spielberg.
It’s this transparent presumption that has 38 percent of you ixnaying the Three Amigos reunion idea. It’d be too shameless and rude to the other nominees if they see a guy’s BFFs coming out to present, even if they know he’s the frontrunner.
Maybe the academy can find a happy medium, like having Cuaron and Inarritu present another category and seat them with del Toro? The academy has not announced any presenters yet.
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