Alejandro González Iñárritu (; American Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo ɣonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; born 15 August 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for telling international stories about the human condition, and his projects have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades.
His debut film, Amores Perros, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize. In 2006, he earned Best Director at Cannes for Babel and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing. In 2014, he won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The following year, he won a second Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant (2015), making him the third director to win back-to-back Academy Awards, and the first since 1950. The Revenant also won Iñarritu a DGA Award, making history as the first person to ever win two in a row. Additionally, Iñárritu was awarded a Special Achievement Academy Award for his virtual reality project Carne y Arena in 2017, the first time it had been awarded since 1995. Carne y Arena also became the first VR installation ever presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.
Iñarritu was also the first Mexican to receive these recognitions and awards, except for the Best Director Academy Award, which Alfonso Cuarón received for Gravity in 2014. Finally, Iñarritu became the first Latin American to become the President of the Jury of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in 2019.