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Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a Mexican film director, producer, screenwriter, and former composer. He is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, for Babel (2007). He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the third director to win back to back Academy Awards, following John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and the first since 1950. González Iñárritu is sometimes known as El Negro, meaning “The Black One” in Spanish. His six feature films—Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the “Death Trilogy”), Biutiful (2010), Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)—have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations. Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture for Birdman. In 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant.