Ariel noms find way to 'Labyrinth'

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Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth" garnered an impressive 12 nominations Wednesday for the 49th Ariel Awards, Mexico's top film prize.

"Labyrinth," co-produced by Mexico's Tequila Gang and Spain's Estudios Picasso, picked up nominations for best picture, director, cinematography and actress (Maribel Verdu).

A spokeswoman for the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences said she expects del Toro to attend the ceremony, set for March 20 at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts.

"Labyrinth" has fared particularly well this awards season. It won best foreign picture at the recent BAFTA awards, took home seven of Spain's Goya statuettes and is up for six Oscars.

In all, 11 Mexican features will vie for Ariel awards. In the best picture category, "Labyrinth" will go up against Sebastian Cordero's thriller "Chronicles," a film produced by del Toro and Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron. Also in the running is Francisco Vargas' debut feature "The Violin," a black-and-white drama that has been well received on the festival circuit. Cordero and Vargas also grabbed noms for best director.

"Violin" secured a total of seven Ariel nominations, while "Chronicles" walked away with six.

Other notable pictures with multiple nominations include Juan Carlos Rulfo's award-winning documentary "In the Pit," Andres Leon Becker and Javier Solar's drama "Mas que a Nada en el Mundo" and Javier Patron Fox's first work "Fuera del Cielo."

For best Ibero-American picture, the academy selected Chile's "En la Cama," Spain's "The Secret Life of Words" and Portugal's "Alice."

Lifetime achievement awards will go to actor Ignacio Lopez Tarso and veteran cinematographer Rosalio Solano.
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