9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Oscar Nominated Mexican Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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Who is Alejandro G Iñárritu?

Many have seen the great films directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Hailing from Mexico City, the director has never been afraid to challenge himself, his cast or to confront difficult topics in his work.

He has once again been nominated for an Oscar award for Best Director for his role in directing Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Revenant”. You might know that he has won an Oscar for directing “Birdman”, he was also the genius behind “Babel” and “21 Grams”

Here are a few things you might not have known about him.

1. Iñárritu Was Kicked Out Of School

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He was kicked out of school when he was young. Iñárritu loved literature and music as a child but wasn’t able to focus on school. He was kicked out when he was 16. It was at this point that he became a commercial sailor, which eventually made him decide to continue his education at Universidad Iberoamericana where he studied communications. As a sailor he worked in various parts of Africa and Europe, and he states these travels made an impact on him and his filmmaking.

2. Iñárritu Cultivated His Talents His Talents As A DJ On the Radio

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Iñárritu began his career in radio. In 1984 he was DJ for Mexico’s WFM radio station. While on the air he would create skits, organize sketches into loose narratives, and pieced playlists together. It was at this time that he began to truly cultivate his talent for telling stories. After this, he moved on to TV and became Televisa’s—Mexico’s largest TV station—youngest producer.

3. Iñárritu Founded His Own Production Company “Zeta Films”

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Eventually he formed Zeta films. This was his own production company and it was through this that he began to create highly sought-after commercials and short films. He also scored music for Mexican films. Zeta Films evolved and became the greatest film production company in Mexico.

4. Before Moving Into Feature Films, Iñárritu Studied Filmmaking In Los Angeles

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When he decided he wanted to move onto feature films, he studied film in Los Angeles with Judith Weston as well as acclaimed Polish director Ludwik Margules.

5. Iñárritu Collaborated With Novelist Guillermo Arriaga To Produce His Films

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Iñárritu met Guillermo Arriaga—a novelist and screenwriter with whom he eventually collaborated during his debut film Amores Perros as well as Babel.

6. Iñárritu Is Not A Fan Of Donald Trump

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He isn’t afraid to get political. On November 2015 he attended Los Angeles’Art + Film Gala where he gave a speech denouncing Donald Trump’s xenophobia. In his speech he spoke in support of immigrants who come to the United States to build a better life.

7. Iñárritu Experiments With New Approaches On Cinema

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Iñárritu is also not afraid to try to new approaches to cinema. Birdman is known for having had rigorous rehearsal sessions, long shots, extreme collaboration between its cast and crew, and for the techniques Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki had to employ to make shooting the film possible.

The Revenant was no different. In fact, it was much more difficult to pull off that film since Iñárritu decided to shoot using only natural light. This meant the cast and crew would rehearse for hours to shoot only for about an hour an a half daily.

8. Iñárritu Is The Second Mexican Director To Win An Oscar For Best Director

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses in the press room with his awards for best picture and best director for “Birdman" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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He is the second Mexican director to win an Oscar for Best Director. The first was Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón. Five of his films have been dominated for the Academy Awards in either Best Foreign Film, Best Director, or other categories. He has won a total of 3 Oscars so far. In 2006, he was the first director of Mexican origin to the win the Best Director (Prix de la mise en scene) award at Cannes.

9. Under Iñárritu’s Direction, Several Actors Have Earned Academy Nominations

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In addition to getting Academy Awards for himself, many of the actors he’s directed have gotten nominations of their own, including Benicio Del Toro, Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Rinko Kikuchi, and Naomi Watts. Other collaborators such as composer Gustavo Santaolalla and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have also received accolades for the work they’ve done with Iñárritu.

Now See A Trailer Of Iñarritu’s Last Film “The Revenant”:

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The Revenant | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX

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