Alejandro González Iñárritu is quite simply a phenomenon. He’s only made six movies but I can’t think of a director, maybe Orson Welles excepted, who has made such an impact from a standing start (although, note, Welles only one a single Academy Award – for the screenplay, not direction, of Citizen Kane).
Amores Perros, his brilliant four part debut feature about the love of dogs was nominated for the Best Foreign movie Oscar. It is monumental. See it.
21 Grams, his brilliant movie about the afterlife (21 grams is the weight of the human sole) won Benicia Del Toro and Naomi Watts best Actor and Best Actress Oscar Nominations.
Babel, his brilliant four part feature connected by guns set in Morocco and around the world won a best music Oscar and was nominated in seven categories including Best Picture and best director
Biutiful, his brilliant fourth feature about the horrific life of Javier Bardem’s cancer ridden father of two living in utter squalor in Barcelona. It’s brutal. OOnce again he garnered Best Foreign Language movie nomination and a Best actor nomination for Bardem.
Birdman, his brilliant fifth feature about the crazy life of a failed actor (Michael Keaton) in a dead end Broadway play won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (he wrote it) and was nominated in nine categories.
The Revenant, his sixth and current movie has been nominated in 12 Oscar categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Leonardo Di Caprio who will almost certainly win at the fifth time of asking) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy).
This is no fluke. Six movies, all six Oscar nominated, three of them for Best Picture and two for Best Foreign Language Picture, is nothing short of a phenomenon and the reason for this is that Iñárritu has a sublime eye for cinematography, a magnificent command of plotting and an innate ability to draw forth truly extraordinary performances from actors that makes all his technical ability shine like a diamond.