Biography of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a Mexican director, writer, and producer. He has won numerous Academy Awards as well as awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and he is noted for his artistry, his sensitive portrayal of human emotion, and for his groundbreaking accolades as a Mexican filmmaker. In 2019, he became the first Latin American president of the jury at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

Born in Mexico City, Iñárritu traveled a great deal as a young man, which he says has informed his work. After working as a radio host in Mexico, he started his own production company in the 1990s. In 2000, Iñárritu directed Amores Perros, which premiered at Cannes, was nominated for an Academy Award, and starred Gael García Bernal. His next films were 21 Grams and Babel, which competed at Cannes and won Iñárritu the Best Director Award. Babel was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, and Iñárritu became the first Mexican director to be nominated for Best Director.

In 2010 Iñárritu directed Biutiful with Javier Bardem. In 2014, he directed Birdman, which won him a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The next year he directed The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio, which won him another Best Director Academy Award.

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