Mexican-born cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki won an Academy Award for his work in Gravity. This is his sixth nomination. A lifelong friend and collaborator of Alfonso Cuarón, Lubezki’s first Oscar nomination came in 1995 with his work in Cuarón’s Hollywood debut, A Little Princess. Lubezki is the third Latin American-born cinematographer to win an Oscar, after Claudio MIranda (Life of Pi, 2012) and Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006).
Mexican native Alfonso Cuarón just became the first Latin American to win an Academy Award for Best Director. He is the second Mexican and fourth Latin American director to be nominated for an Oscar. The previous nominees are Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 2006), Fernando Meirelles (City of God, 2003), and Héctor Babenco (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985). Cuarón also shared the Academy Award for Best Film Editing with Marc Sanger.