Mexicans Nab Big One at the 87th OSCARS

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

González Iñárritu’s Birdman Best Picture of the Year.

The stars were out last night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on the occasion of the 87th, edition of the Academy Awards. With a titanic roster of candidates, it was a night of surprises, with some results more expected than others. Also a night of filmmaking history with Mexican personalities the likes of Alejandro González Iñárritu, receiving the golden statuette for the first time.

Four of the first awards of the night went to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, out of the 10 awards it was running for: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score and Production Design. This winning streak seemed to point to Anderson’s feature being the great winner of the night. But things changed when Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) snatched its first Oscar.

Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain would later announce the win for Best Achievement in Cinematography: Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki a.k.a “Chivo” (lit. “Goat”), who earned his second-in-a-row award for this category. Last year he won for his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s feature Gravity. From that moment on, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) begun getting the strongest recognitions of the night.

Inarritu oscars 2015

Birdman, in fact, took some of the most important Awards, being recognized for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing and finally, Best Motion Picture of the Year.

This was not González Iñárritu’s first year as an Oscar nominee. He was previously nominated for the 2006 film, Babel. It was, however, his first Academy Award win, and it goes without saying that he took the night by surprise, receiving top accolades during and after the event.

Last year, González Iñárritu’s fellow friend and colleague, director Alfonso Cuarón, took the award for Best Motion Picture of the Year for the film Gravity, making this two years in a row that Mexican directors are awarded. Mexicans inside and outside of their country expressed pride all across social media in their home grown talent and hoped for many more awards to come.

Congratulations Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Emmanuel Lubezki and all the other winners and nominees!

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