In many ways, Alejandro González Iñárritu stole the show at the 87th Academy Awards. The “Birdman” director was on stage three times, accepting Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director – where he joked that he was wearing actor Michael Keaton’s underwear from the movie -- and Best Picture. Sean Penn brought even more attention to the man with a questionable green card joke while presenting Best Picture. So, who is Alejandro González Iñárritu?
Here are five fast facts about the Oscar-winning director:
- To many fans watching the Oscars Sunday night, Iñárritu might have been a new name. But he's far from a new face in Hollywood. He was previously nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for 2007’s “Babel,” and three of his other films – “Biutiful,” “21 Grams” and “Amores Perros” – have earned nominations.
- Iñárritu became the first Mexican director to be nominated at the Oscars for “Babel.” But his friend Alfonso Cuarón became the first to win the award last year for “Gravity.”
- Iñárritu, 51, was born in Mexico City. At the age of 17 he traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship and spent two years working his way across Europe and Africa. This experience has greatly influenced his films, which often have international settings.
- Iñárritu has said music shaped him as an artist more so than film. He began his career as a DJ and later the director at a rock radio station in Mexico, which he helped make the most popular station in the country. During that time he composed the scores to several films, before becoming a filmmaker himself.
- Iñárritu wrote his first three films – “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams” and “Babel” – with writing partner Guillermo Arriaga before the two parted ways during the filming of "Babel." They have not worked together since then.
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