Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and Michael Keaton/Birdman
And if you haven't seen it, try to see Birdman while it's in theaters. Birdman took home seven awards, the most of the night with Michael Keaton garnering three: Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy — it's a very dark comedy, make no mistake, and Best Acting in an Ensemble. The composer prize went, not to Monsieur Desplat for his scores to The Imitation Game or The Grand Budapest Hotel but to Antonio Sanchez for Birdman. Birdman also scored a win for the script co-written by director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñaritu, for Editing by , and for its cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. That's Lubezki doing the framing things with his hands in the image above.
Leonardo DiCaprio (seen here with Fiddy) in full-on beard mode to play Hugh Glass in The Revenant
Pay attention to all the respect Birdman is getting because in between award shows Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (say that three times, fast, go on, I dare you!) is currently at work on his next feature, The Revenant, a biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio due out Christmas Day. And he's got Birdman cinematographer, the much-nominated Emmanuel Lubezki with him. Lubezki won the Oscar for last year's Gravity; he was also nominated for his work as the director of photography on Terence Mallick's gorgeous looking Tree of Life, and Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men as well as A New World, Sleepy Hollow, and A Little Princess. It might be worth noting while there's been a lot of conversation about a lack of diversity in Hollywoodland, an industry absolutely dominated by white men, both Iñarritu and Lubezki hail from Mexico, and Mexicans haven't exactly been privy to all the privileges of the white world either. So at least there is a little color in the conversation. Progress? The production recently put out a casting call for additional First Nation people to work as background actors, a good sign that the filmmakers are trying for authenticity which increases the on-screen diversity.
I don't know if I'll read this book — should I? — but I'm excited to add the film to the list of Books to Read before You See the Movie 2105.