Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being kicked out of high school at age 16, worked at odd jobs, including stints as a grape picker and a commercial sailor. Before breaking into filmmaking, spent the mid- to late-1980s as a DJ at WFM, Mexico's most popular radio station. Founded production company Zeta Films in 1991 to produce short movies and commercials. Debut feature film, the 2000 drama Amores Perros, was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but lost to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. His 2006 drama Babel was the third film in his unofficial trilogy about death with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Formed the production company Cha Cha Cha Films with acclaimed Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Directed Write the Future, a popular three-minute soccer-themed Nike commercial, for the 2010 World Cup. Was the first director with win back-to-back Directors Guild Awards for Feature Film, with his wins for Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015).