Mexican photographer, genius, and the first to win the Oscar for best picture three years in a row. Emmanuel Lubezki did it again. The cinematographer won his third consecutive Oscar for Best Picture thanks to his artistic work in «The Revenant»; with his stunning shots, using only 3 hours of natural light a day in low temperatures at Canada and Argentina, he defeated films such as «Carol», «The Hateful Eight», «Sicario», «The Big Short», «bridge of Spies», «Brooklyn», «Mad Max: Fury Road», «The Martian», «The Revenant», «Room» and «Spotlight».
The Director of Photography, or Cinematographer, is responsible for bringing to life and to our eyes everything the film director wants to convey. It is the main piece in the puzzle of a film. A bad cinematography can mean the difference between achieving glory and going bankrupt.
Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern was born in Mexico City in 1964; he studied history and cinematography at the UNAM. «El Chivo», as he is nicknamed and known commonly, owns a unique style that he has perfected over the years and has earned him from his beginnings the best reviews.
Despite he has lived for over 30 years in the United States, «El Chivo» remains Mexican and we must be proud of that, although he does not owe any of his achievements to Mexico. It is a shame most of our bright minds have to look for opportunities outside of the country to be able to achieve true success.
Eight-time Oscar nominee in the category of Best Picture for his work in «A Little Princess», «Sleepy Hollow», «The New World», «Children of Men» and «The Tree of Life», finally two years ago he won his first golden statuette thanks to «Gravity», then again last year for his work in «Birdman» and, in this last occasion, with «The Revenant».
Lubezki has worked with directors such as Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick and Alfonso Cuaron. His career has been full of other awards though. In 1992 he won an Ariel for «Como Agua Para Chocolate» (Like Water for Chocolate), and the two following years he continued winning the Ariel for his work in the films «Miroslava» and «Ambar», and then, in 2001, he made «Y tu mama también». Then he went on to win two BAFTAs: one for «Children of Men» in 2006 and another for «Gravity» in 2014. Additionally, he has won four times the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases (asc Award).
Upon receiving his last statuette, Lubezki thanked his «compadre» (buddy,) Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, as well as family and friends. «I want to share this with my director, with Leo, with our producers for all of the freedom». Iñárritu appeared very touched to see his fellow countryman take the stage for the third time to receive the Academy Award. Now we are looking forward with great excitement for his next art work to delight our eyes and, maybe, make history one more time in the next installment of the Oscars.