Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film The Revenant could be making history in the upcoming 88th Academy Awards after earning a collection of Oscar nominations.
On Thursday morning, the Mexican film director was nominated for Best Director for his 2016 hit film The Revenant which was also nominated for the Best Picture award. If Iñárritu and his film win this year it will be a win two years in row since in 2015 his film The Birdman—starring Michael Keaton—won for Best Director & Best Picture.
Along with Iñárritu’s nomination, The Revenant’s lead Leonardo Di Caprio was nominated for Best Actor and Tom Hardy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. But the possibly history making win goes to the film’s cinematographer, Emmanuel “El Chivo” Lubezki.
Also from Mexico, Lubezki—nicknamed The Goat—was nominated for Best Cinematography; If he snags the win at the Academy Award this year he will be the first Latino and first cinematographer in film history to win three years in a row. Lubezki earned the award in 2013 for Gravity starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney and in 2014 for Birdman.
Despite the lack of Latino actors being nominated for the 2016 Oscars—like Benicio Del Toro for his role in Sicario—at least a Latino could make history.
The 88th Academy Awards will be live on Sunday, Feb 28th at 8:30 p.m. EST. The host will be actor and comedian, Chris Rock.
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