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‘Duck’ flies high with Mexico Ariels

'Season' scores 12 nods while 'Voices' nabs 10

MEXICO CITY — This year’s Mexican Ariel awards will be a two-horse race, but the odds-on favorite is a duck.

Fernando Eimbcke’s “Temporada de patos” (Duck Season) has been nominated for 12 Ariels, Mexico’s highest film honor, bestowed by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences.

That outpaces Mexico’s submission to the 2004 Academy Awards, “Voces inocentes” (Innocent Voices), which got 10 nods.

The nominations set up an interesting head-to-head and will serve to fuel arguments by those who claim that “Patos” should have been the country’s entry over “Voces,” which didn’t make the Oscar short list.

Both pics were nominated for Ariels for picture, director and actress laurels, while “Patos” also picked up actor and original screenplay, among others. Also scoring with the Mexican Academy was “Manos libres” (Hands Free), directed by Jose Buil. It received nods in all of the top four categories, but may have difficulty considering the fact that it has yet to be released.

“Matando cabos,” the second-highest grossing Mexican film of last year, received five nods, while box office king, “Un dia sin Mexicanos” (A Day Without a Mexican), was left without a nomination.

The awards will be handed out n March 29 at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts. The Golden Ariels lifetime achievement awards will go to thesps Julio Pliego and Carmen Montejo.

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