Amidst public allegations that the Oscars and other award shows lack diversity, two Mexican filmmakers have been quietly earning top ranks for the past three years. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, both Mexican, have won best director and best cinematographer for the past two and three years respectively. Not to mention that in 2014, another Mexican director, Alfonso Cuarón, won best director for his film, Gravity.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s triumph at this year’s Academy Awards stirred much discussion; but not all necessarily for good reasons. Before announcing the winner for best picture Sean Penn asked, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” Although this comment was intended to be a joke, the controversy that it generated perhaps detracted from González Iñárritu’s well-earned win and highlighted to the older-white-male dominated nature of the Oscars.