Gael García Bernal: Jeffrey Mayer/WIREIMAGE.COM
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
November 27, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Here’s the bad news: Director Alfonso Cuaron’s ”Y Tu Mama Tambien,” the critically lauded Spanish-language film that has made more than $13 million Stateside, isn’t eligible for Best Foreign Language Film this year, since it was released in Mexico last year and, surprisingly, wasn’t chosen by the Mexican Academy as its 2001 Oscar foreign film submission. Now for the good news: Come March, the film is eligible to compete in all other categories. (Its star, Gael Garcia Bernal, is also the lead in Mexico’s 2002 choice, ”The Crime of Father Amaro,” the highest-grossing film in the country’s history.) Cuaron, who is preparing to direct the third ”Harry Potter” installment, says his feelings weren’t hurt by his native Academy’s lack of support last year, explaining ”If you’re successful and doing films in America, then most likely you’re a capitalist pig.” The director adds that he’s being flooded by offers from Hollywood filmmakers offering to lend Oscar support, and insists that ”if it happens, great, and if it doesn’t, great. People have loved it, and that’s a gift.” Doesn’t sound like a pig to us.

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