Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu nabs three Oscars at the Academy Awards
Latinos have a lot to be proud of after tuning into the 87th annual Academy Awards. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, who received three Oscars nominations in the categories of best motion picture, best original screenplay and best director, for his work in the film Birdman Or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance), took home all three of the coveted gold statuettes.
That’s right!, González Iñárritu went up to the podium three times and took home an Oscar for each category in which he was nominated. González Iñárritu’s Oscar nomination for best director marks the second time a Mexican filmmaker has been nominated for an Oscar in the same category and won.
Last year, the Oscar for best director was won by another Mexican director, Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, who González Iñárritu thanked in one of the acceptance speeches he gave throughout the night.
The Birdman director joked about the torch that was seemingly handed down to him by Cuaron. “Two Mexicans in a row?! Now, that’s suspicious,” he said. He also dedicated the Oscar for best motion picture to Mexicans living both, in Mexico and in the U.S.
“I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico. I pray that we can build the government that we deserve,” said Gonzalez Iñárritu. “And the ones living in this country who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and helped build this incredible immigrant nation,” said González Iñárritu.
Host Neil Patrick Harris’ closing remarks immediately after: “Buenas Noches!”, seemed very fitting.
González Iñárritu, now a five-time Oscar nominee, recently won the Directors Guild of America award for Best Feature Film Director for Birdman beating out the night’s favorite, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. The film has won an array of other industry awards in awards shows such as the Independent Spirit Awards, the Producer’s Guild of America Awards, and the Golden Globes.
González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City and is 51 years old.
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