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Best New Film Director 

Cary Fukunaga

After Oakland native Cary Joji Fukunaga graduated from UC Santa Cruz and went to NYU film school, he made a living as a cameraman and production tech on various indie projects and eventually co-wrote and directed Victoria para chino, a narrative short about illegal immigrants being trucked across the Mexico-Texas border. That film won him a carload of awards on the film festival circuit — and no doubt the chance to make Sin Nombre, a feature-length elaboration on the same subject that happens to be one of the most striking releases of 2009. All of a sudden, the 32-year-old filmmaker is hot as a tin pie plate in a Juarez parking lot, inking movie deals with Focus Features, Universal, etc., according to NYU and Sundance are probably going to take the credit for Fukunaga's success, but we suspect the gangbang sizzle of Sin Nombre is just the Oakland in him coming out.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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