Earlier this afternoon I had about 15 minutes with Biutiful director-cowriter-producer Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu in the elegant, softly lighted lounge of Soho’s Mercer Hotel. I feel so conversant with Biutiful and so relaxed with Inarritu, having known him for eight or nine years, that I didn’t prepare questions. And so I naturally hemmed and hawed at first — brilliant. But we found a groove after a couple of minutes. What are the odds that Biutiful might capture the Best Foreign Language Oscar? You tell me.

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