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Cinema Audio Society to honor Alejandro González Iñárritu with Filmmaker Award
Alejandro González Iñárritu (photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
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Alejandro González Iñárritu will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 59th CAS Awards on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.

“It is an honor to name director Alejandro González Iñárritu as recipient of the prestigious 2023 CAS Filmmaker Award. His sobering portrayals of the human experience bring empathy and consciousness to perspectives often left untold and unconsidered,” said CAS president Karol Urban. “No doubt drawing on his history in music, his films experiment and utilize sound--uniquely embracing its capacity to emotionally engulf the viewer.”

Iñárritu said, “Being singled out as a filmmaker by my colleagues in the Cinema Audio Society is a great honor. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most gifted sound designers in the industry and truly cannot emphasize the importance of the work they do in creating a fully sensorial experience for audiences when watching a film.”

Born and raised in Mexico City, Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer Iñárritu is one of cinema’s most celebrated and respected storytellers. His influential body of work explores the human condition with cinematic daring and a deeply affecting visual and sonic grammar. 

Always sensitive to the importance of music and sound, Iñárritu began his career as a host and director at Mexico City’s rock radio station WFM before transitioning to writing, producing and directing short films and commercials under his Z Films company.

Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to be nominated for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards, the first to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and for Best Picture, the first to receive the Best Director Award at Cannes and the first to win a DGA Award for Outstanding Director (and to win the DGA Award in consecutive years).

He made his feature directorial debut in 2000 with the Academy Award-nominated Amores Perros. “I believe Amores Perros was an important soundtrack that collected at a very interesting time the best bands of Mexico and Latin America, plus the score of Gustavo Santaolalla. Both things wove together to create a sonic mosaic with a very ‘chilango’ particular personality.”

The critically acclaimed 21 Grams followed, receiving Academy Award nominations for Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro’s performances. Babel completed Iñárritu’s thematic Death Trilogy, garnering seven Academy Award nominations and earning him the Best Director award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Critically and commercially successful Biutiful was nominated in 2011 for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards and Academy Awards.

In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The dark comedy, for which he also shared Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, also won for Best Cinematography, while earning an additional four nominations. The following year Iñárritu won his second Academy Award as Best Director for The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

In 2017 his visionary, viscerally impactful VR installation Carne y Arena (“Virtually present, physically invisible”) previewed at the Cannes Film Festival to international critical acclaim, the first VR project chosen as an official selection of the festival. In 2018, the project won a Golden Reel for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR for Special Venue from the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

The director’s current film BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths depicts an intimate journey of a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles, who, after being named the recipient of a prestigious international award, is compelled to return to his native country, unaware that this simple trip will push him to an existential limit. BARDO marks Iñárritu’s first time making a film in Mexico in more than 20 years.

This will be the 18th year that CAS bestows its Filmmaker Award. Past honorees include Gil Cates, George Clooney, Bill Condon, Jonathan Demme, Jon Favreau, Taylor Hackford. Richard Linklater, James Mangold, Rob Marshall, Paul Mazursky, Jay Roach, Sir Ridley Scott, Henry Selick, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Wright and Edward Zwick.

CAS will also honor five-time Oscar nominee Peter J. Devlin, CAS (Black Panther, Wakanda Forever, Star Trek: Picard, Pearl Harbor) with its highest honor, the annual Career Achievement Award at the March 4 ceremonies. 

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