Emmanuel Lubezki

Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, AMC, ASC (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 30 November 1964) is a Mexican cinematographer.[1] He sometimes goes by the nickname Chivo, which means "goat" in Spanish.[2][3] Lubezki has worked with many acclaimed directors, including Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Joel and Ethan Coen, and frequent collaborators Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.[4]

Emmanuel Lubezki
Born
Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern

November 30, 1964 (1964-11-30) (age 55)
Other namesChivo
Alma materNational Autonomous University of Mexico
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1983–present
OrganizationMexican Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Cinematography
2015 The Revenant
2014 Birdman
2013 Gravity

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2015 The Revenant
2014 Birdman
2013 Gravity
2007 Children of Men

Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
1993 Like Water for Chocolate
1994 Miroslava
1995 Ámbar

Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2014 Birdman

Lubezki is known for groundbreaking uses of natural lighting and continuous uninterrupted shots in cinematography, often utilizing a Steadicam, a 3-axis gimbal, or hand-held camera to orchestrate fluid, uninterrupted camera movements during particularly significant scenes. His work has been praised by audiences and critics alike, which earned him multiple awards, including eight Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography. He won in this category three times, becoming the first person to do so in three consecutive years, for Gravity (2013), Birdman (2014), and The Revenant (2015).

Early life

Lubezki was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico.[4][5][6] His father is actor and producer Muni Lubezki.[7] His grandmother is from Russia.[8] Lubezki studied film at Mexico's Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he met Alfonso Cuarón.[4]

Career

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks, which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. The two have been friends since they were teenagers and attended the same film school[9] at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.[2] Together they have worked on six motion pictures: Sólo Con Tu Pareja, A Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, and Gravity. His work with Cuarón on Children of Men (2006) has received universal acclaim.[10] The film utilized a number of new technologies and distinctive techniques. The "roadside ambush" scene was shot in one extended take utilizing a special camera rig invented by Doggicam systems, developed from the company's Power Slide system.[11] For the scene, a vehicle was modified to enable seats to tilt and lower actors out of the way of the camera. The windshield of the car was designed to tilt out of the way to allow camera movement in and out through the front windscreen. A crew of four, including Lubezki, rode on the roof. Children of Men also features a seven-and-a-half-minute battle sequence composed of roughly five seamless edits.

Lubezki won his first Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Cuarón's Gravity, a thriller set in outer space.[12][13] The film was praised for the way it combined two shots through digital backgrounds of space to create the illusion of scenes done in a single shot.[14] Lubezki won his second Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the following year for his work on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. The film used a similar technique from Gravity, being very unusual in the way the entire movie was shot so as to appear to be photographed in one continuous take.[15] Lubezki won the award again in 2015 for Iñárritu's The Revenant, becoming a milestone for his third consecutive win and for being the first cinematographer to do so.[16] The film was shot entirely in the wilderness during a cold season, minimizing the amount of CGI and using only natural lighting. It was an extremely difficult process that required a limited amount of time to shoot each scene, which delayed the production, causing budget overruns and changes of locations for proper settings. However, The Revenant earned over $500 million at the box office and received critical acclaim, with much praise for the film's atmospheric tone and realism.

Lubezki won the Royal Photographic Society Lumière Award for major achievement in cinematography, video or animation in 2016.

Filmography

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

Film

Year Title Director Note
1990 Bandidos Luis Estrada
1991 Sólo con Tu Pareja Alfonso Cuarón 1st collaboration with Cuarón

Nominated – Ariel Award for Best Cinematography

1992 Like Water for Chocolate Alfonso Arau Co-cinematographer with Steven Bernstein

Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
Tokyo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award

The Harvest David Marconi 1st American film
1993 Miroslava Alejandro Pelayo Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
Havana Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography
Twenty Bucks Keva Rosenfeld
1994 Ámbar Luis Estrada Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
Sitges Maria Award for Best Cinematography
Reality Bites Ben Stiller
1995 A Little Princess Alfonso Cuarón Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
A Walk in the Clouds Alfonso Arau
1996 The Birdcage Mike Nichols
1998 Great Expectations Alfonso Cuarón
Meet Joe Black Martin Brest
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rodrigo García
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Alfonso Cuarón
Ali Michael Mann
2003 The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Niels Mueller Also associate producer
Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Brad Silberling Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2005 The New World Terrence Malick 1st collaboration with Malick

San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography

2006 Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Golden Osella for Outstanding Technical Contribution
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
2007 To Each His Own Cinema Alejandro González Iñárritu 1st collaboration with Iñárritu
Segment: "Anna"
2008 Burn After Reading Joel and Ethan Coen
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2012 To the Wonder San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón Academy Award for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2014 Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu Academy Award for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2015 Last Days in the Desert Rodrigo García
Knight of Cups Terrence Malick
The Revenant Alejandro González Iñárritu Academy Award for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2017 Song to Song Terrence Malick

Short films

Year Title Director Note
1983 Vengeance Is Mine Alfonso Cuarón
Carlos Marcovich
1985 Sera por eso que la quiero tanto Carlos Marcovich
1988 Los buzos diamantistas Marcela Couturier
1990 La muchacha Dorotea Guerra
2002 From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two Alejandro Lubezki
Salvador Aguirre
2010 Write the Future Alejandro González Iñárritu
2017 Flesh and Sand

Television

Year Title Note
1989-90 La hora marcada 8 episodes
1990 El motel de la muerte Television film
1993 Fallen Angels 2 episodes

CableACE Award for Direction of Photography in a Series

2010 Dick Tracy Special Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1992 Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía) Sólo con Tu Pareja Nominated
Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía) Like Water for Chocolate Won
1993 Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía) Miroslava Won
1994 Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía) Ámbar Won
National Cable & Telecommunications Association Direction of Photography in a Comedy or Dramatic Series Fallen Angels Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography A Little Princess Nominated
2000 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Sleepy Hollow Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Nominated
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Nominated
International Press Academy Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Won
2003 Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Best Cinematography Y tu mamá también Nominated
2004 International Press Academy Best Cinematography A Series of Unfortunate Events Nominated
2005 Village Voice Film Poll Best Cinematography The New World Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography The New World Nominated
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography in a Feature Film Children of Men Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
2007 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Children of Men Won
Australian Cinematographers Society International Award Children of Men Won
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Children of Men Nominated
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
2011 Hollywood Film Awards Cinematographer of the Year The Tree of Life Won
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
International Press Academy Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Nominated
2012 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases The Tree of Life Won
Australian Cinematographers Society International Award The Tree of Life Won
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography in a Feature Film The Tree of Life Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Nominated
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 IndieWire Critics Poll Best Cinematography Gravity Won
International Press Academy Best Cinematography Gravity Nominated
2014 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Gravity Won
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography in a Feature Film Gravity Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Hollywood Film Awards Cinematographer of the Year Birdman Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Gravity Won
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Cinematography Birdman Won
International Press Academy Best Cinematography Birdman Nominated
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Gravity Won
2015 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Birdman Won
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography in a Feature Film Birdman Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Birdman Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Best Cinematography Birdman Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Birdman Won
International Press Academy Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
2016 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases The Revenant Won
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography in a Feature Film The Revenant Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography The Revenant Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography The Revenant Won
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Cinematography Knight of Cups Nominated

Critics awards

Year Association Category Work Result
1996 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography A Walk in the Clouds Nominated
1999 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Won
New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematographer Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2005 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The New World Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematographer The New World Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography The New World Won
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The New World Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Children of Men Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography The New World Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematographer Children of Men Nominated
2007 Austin Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Children of Men Won
2011 Austin Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematographer The Tree of Life Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Tree of Life Won
2013 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Cinematography Gravity

To the Wonder

Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Gravity Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematographer Gravity Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography To the Wonder Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Gravity Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
2014 Austin Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
To the Wonder Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Gravity Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Birdman Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Gravity Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Gravity Won
2015 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Austin Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Won
Denver Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Birdman Won
London Film Critics' Circle Technical Achievement of the Year Birdman Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Birdman Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Birdman Won
2016 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Cinematography The Revenant Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cinematography The Revenant Won

Film festivals

Year Festival Category Work Result
1992 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Like Water for Chocolate Won
1993 Havana Film Festival Best Cinematography Miroslava Won
1994 Sitges Film Festival Best Cinematography Ámbar Won
2006 Mar del Plata International Film Festival Kodak Award The New World Won
Venice Film Festival Golden Osella: Outstanding Technical Contribution Children of Men Won
2011 Camerimage Golden Frog: Main Competition The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Camerimage Best 3D Feature Film Gravity Won
Wine Country Film Festival Best Cinematography Gravity Won
2014 Camerimage Golden Frog: Main Competition Birdman Nominated

See also

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