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Career Achievement Award: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu


Alejandro González Iñárritu was the first Mexican filmmaker to receive the best director award at Cannes and an Oscar nomination in the same category, both for BABEL. His stories, often told in elegant, intertwining episodes, deal with the game of chance and the uncertainty of life.

Born in Mexico City, Alejandro González Iñárritu directed and produced his debut feature film in 2000, Amores perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film and received over 60 prizes becoming the most awarded film around the world in that year. In 2003, he produced and directed 21 Grams (2003), starring Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, and Naomi Watts. Both Del Toro and Watts received Oscar nominations for their roles in the film and Penn took home the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival 2003. In May 2006, Iñárritu completed his trilogy with his third feature film Babel, starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. Babel earned him the Prix de la mise en scéne or Best Director Award at the 59th Cannes Film Festival and seven Oscar nominations including best Film and Best Director. His latest feature Biutiful, which he wrote and directed, was shot in Barcelona and got Javier Bardem the Best Actor Award at Cannes after the film premiered there in 2010. Biutiful was also nominated for a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, for Best Foreign Film and Best Actor. Iñárritu also wrote, directed and produced three short films, “Powder Keg” (2001), “Darkness” (2002), which was part of the collective feature film 11'09"01, and “Anna” (2007), his piece from the 60th Cannes Film Festival collection for "To Each His Own Cinema". In 2011, his three-minute film called “Write the Future” for NIKE and the 2010 World Cup won the Gran Prix at Cannes Lions 2011 and won him Best Director at the 2011 AICP Awards.