Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu Biography

(Director, Best Known for Making Psychological Drama Films)

Birthday: August 15, 1963 (Leo)

Born In: Mexico City, Mexico

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu is an illustrious Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter who won universal acclaim for directing movies like ‘Birdman’, ‘ The Revenant’, ‘Babel’, and ‘Amores Perres’. He overwhelmingly proved that he was a director par excellence when he bagged ‘The Oscars’ for two years in a row for ‘Birdman’ (Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Director) and ‘The Revenant’ (Best Director). Alejandro is regarded as one of the ‘three amigos (friends) of cinema’, the other two being Mexican film directors Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo Del Toro. He was instinctively drawn towards music from an early age and whetted his penchant for melodies to the hilt by deejaying in the hotspots of Mexico City during his twenties. Soon after, he started working as a radio host at the Mexican radio station WFM and graduated to producing shows, and creating commercials for the small screen. Some years later, he established, Zeta Films—a production company—which offered him the leeway to make telefilms and advertisements in his own way. However, Alejandro’s ultimate objective was to make it big on the silver screen and he began moving in that direction by composing music for several Mexican full-length movies. The turning point in his career came when he directed his debut Mexican feature film, ‘Amores Perros’ which earned an Academy Award nomination, and thereafter, he went from strength to strength.

Quick Facts

Age: 60 Years, 60 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: María Eladia Hagerman

father: Héctor González Gama

mother: Luz María Iñárritu

Born Country: Mexico

Directors Screenwriters

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Ancestry: Spanish Mexican

Notable Alumni: Universidad Iberoamericana

City: Mexico City, Mexico

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education: Universidad Iberoamericana

awards: 2015 · Birdman - Academy Award for Best Picture
2016; 2015 · The Revenant
Birdman - Academy Award for Best Director

2015 · Birdman - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
2015 · Birdman - Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
2016 · The Revenant - Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
2016 · The Revenant - BAFTA Award for Best Film
2002 · Amores perros - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2006 · Babel - Cannes Best Director Award
2016 · The Revenant - BAFTA Award for Best Direction
2015 · Birdman - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay
2016 · Birdman - César Award for Best Foreign Film
2016; 2015 · The Revenant; Birdman - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
2015 · Birdman - Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature
2015 · Birdman - Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
2001 · Amores perros - Ariel Award for Best First Work
2015; 2007 · Birdman
Babel -David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
2014 · Birdman - Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film
2001 · Amores perros -Ariel Award for Best Direction
2015 · Birdman - AACTA International Award for Best Direction
2004 · 21 Grams - Independent Spirit Special Distinction Award
2015 · Birdman - AACTA International Award for Best Film
. 2017; 2016; 2007 · The Revenant
Babel - Bodil Award for Best American Film
2015 · Birdman - AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
2001 · Amores perros - London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year
2017; 2016; 2007 · The Revenant; Birdman; Babel - Robert Award for Best American Film
2006 -Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
2001 · Amores perros - Ariel Award for Best Editing
2001 · Amores perros - National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2007 · Babel - ALMA Award for Outstanding Director of a Feature Film
2013 - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Commercials
2013 - Bandung Film Festival for The Best Imported Drama Film

Childhood & Early Life
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu was born on 15 August 1963, in Mexico City, to Hector Gonzalez Gama and Luz Maria Inarittu. He had six older siblings, and spent his growing up years in ‘Narvarte’, a middle-class district in Mexico City’s Southern section. His aversion to studies led to his ouster from school in his adolescence.
He embarked on a voyage, crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a freighter, and toured several countries in Africa and Europe . He did odd jobs to support himself, and later on in life, he capitalized on his experiences as a young voyager for creating films, some of which are considered as classics.
Alejandro came back to Mexico City following his global peregrinations, and completed his graduation from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in communications.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu, after dropping out of school at the age of 16, took up employment as a seaman in a cargo ship to fund his continental trips as well as to finance his university education.
His first foray in the music and entertainment industry was as a DJ, initially working in the top shot nightclubs of Mexico City. In 1984, he was selected as a deejay in Mexico City’s FM radio station WFM. He excelled in mixing playlists of different genres that were lapped up by listeners.
Besides hosting programs as a DJ, Alejandro pioneered the trend of weaving riveting narratives around the playlists in order to keep the listeners hooked. His unique style of broadcasting was later on emulated by several radio broadcasters and DJs.
He also worked for a while with Latin America’s biggest and best known mass media conglomerate, Televisa, and earned acclaim by becoming the youngest producer to work for the firm since its inception. Starting from 1987 till 1989, he composed the musical score for six long-form Mexican films.
While working as a music producer, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu came in association with Guillermo Arriaga, a celebrated Mexican author and screenwriter. Alejandro began corresponding with Arriaga on a consistent basis, and their collaborative efforts led to the scripting of Alejandro’s debut full-length film, ‘Amores Perres’ that was released in 2000.
’Amores Perres’ was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, picking up the ‘Critics Weeks Grand Prize’ and was also nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’.
Spurred on by the success of his directorial venture, he went on to direct two avant-garde short flicks, ‘Powder Keg’ and ‘Mexico’ in 2001 and 2002 respectively. ‘Powder Keg’ was an ad film dedicated to the German carmaker ‘BMW’ while ‘Mexico’ reflected on the terrorists attacks in USA on September 11, 2001.
Alejandro again teamed up with Arriaga to direct ’21 Grams’, his second feature film and first English-language film which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. The film had a star-studded cast, including Naomi Watts and Sean Penn who received Academy Award nominations, and the Puerto Rican actor, Benicio Del Toro.
Alejandro once again joined forces with Arriage for his thirs feature film, ‘Babel’ entailing four connected stories with settings in Japan, USA, Mexico, and Morocco. The movie which saw renowned Hollywood actors, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett sharing screen space with amateurs, was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
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He was honored with the ‘Best Director Award’ for ‘Babel’ at the Cannes Film Festival. The film also earned seven Academy Award nominations, including ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Picture’ in 2007 and received the ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture’ in that year.
Alejandro’s receiving the ‘Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing’ was a first for any Mexican director. He ended his collaboration with Arriaga after partnering with him for developing the scripts of three feature films.
2010 turned out to be a remarkably prospective year for Alejandro as the film, ‘Biutiful’ scripted in Spanish, produced and directed by him, was proposed for Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Awards. The award nominations were in the categories of ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, ‘Best Film Not in the English Language’ and ‘Best Actor’.
The Spanish actor, Javier Bardem who is best known for portraying Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic assassin in ‘No Country for Old Men’ was the protagonist in ‘Biutiful’. Javier shared the Best Actor award for his part in ‘Biutiful’ at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with Elio Germano, an Italian actor.
2014 witnessed Alejandro Gonzales directing one of the most successful movies of his career, ‘Birdman’ casting Hollywood luminaries Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Michael Keaton. ‘Birdman’ received a total of 9 Academy Award nominations, and won the ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay’ in 2014.
‘Birdman’ which was recommended for 9 Academy Awards, eventually garnered four, in the categories of ‘Best Original Screenplay’, ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Picture’, and ‘Best Director’.
In 2015, he directed ‘The Revenant’ which also earned worldwide fame and glory for him. The movie was an adaptation of the eponymous novel authored by Michael Punke. The film set in Alaska circa 1823 is based on true events and pivots around fur trapper, Hugh Glass, portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio.
’The Revenant’ which falls under the genre of ‘historical period-drama’ emphasizes how attempting to eke out a living in the harsh wilderness can take a toll on human relationships. The historical drama thriller went on to receive 12 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globe, and 9 Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations.
Out of the 12 Oscar Award nominations, ‘The Revenant’ ultimately bagged three—‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Cinematography’. The movie also won three out of 4 Golden Globe nominations, including awards for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Motion Picture-Drama’.
Alejandro is presently involved with a drama series, ‘The One Per Cent’ The script for the television series has been co-written by the quartet of Armando Bo, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Gonzalez Inarittu.
Short Movies & Advertisements
In a period of 10 years, starting from 2001 till 2011, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu directed a series of short films and innumerable TV commercials. Notable amongst the short movies include ‘Mexico’ that was completed in 2011. The film which ran for 11-minutes was a part of ‘11’-09”01—an anthology of short films.
In the year 2007, Alejandro directed’ ANNA’, a short film that was a segment of a compilation of French movies. The short movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. He directed a commercial for Nike, ‘Write the Future’ themed around football that bagged the Grand Prix in the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.
Major Works
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu is one of the most accomplished Mexican directors, who has directed classics like ‘Birdman’, ‘Amores Perres’, ’21 Grams’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Biutiful’ and ‘Babel’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu is happily wedded to Maria Eladia Hagerman. who is a graphic designer and editor by profession. The couple have a son, Eliseo, and a daughter, Maria Eladia.
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