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Oscars 2016: Mexican Filmmakers Take Home Big Awards — Again

Oscars 2016: Mexican Filmmakers Take Home Big Awards — Again

 Two Mexican filmmakers — a director and a cinematographer — have won big at the 88th Annual Academy Awards after having won the coveted awards before.

 Director Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for his movie "The Revenant." This is González Iñárritu's second win for Best Director — he won in 2015 for "Birdman" which also won for Best Picture. The movie's main actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, won his first Academy Award for Best Actor, though he had been nominated several times before.

The movie also won for Best Cinematography under two-time Oscar winner, Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel "El Chivo" Lubezki. Lubezki is the first cinematographer in film history to win three years in a row; he previously won for "Birdman" and "Gravity."

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Eva Longoria Supports Campaign Against Lack of Diversity in Hollywood

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