Emmanuel Lubezki

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Emmanuel Lubezki
Born Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern
1964 (age 51–52)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1983–present

Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, A.S.C., A.M.C. (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 1964), better known as Emmanuel Lubezki, is a Mexican cinematographer. He sometimes goes by the name Chivo, which means goat.[1][2] He won consecutive Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for his work on Gravity and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Early life[edit]

Lubezki was born to a Jewish family[3] in Mexico City, Mexico. His father is actor Muni Lubezki.[4] One of his grandmothers moved from Russia, to Shanghai, to Mexico City.[5] He rose to prominence in the Jewish community of Mexico because he dated Boris Pasternak's lost granddaughter, who also lived in Mexico City at the time. [6]

Career[edit]

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[7] at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.[1] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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 an Academy Award for cinematography for his work on Cuarón's Gravity, a 3-D thriller set in outer space.[10][11] The film was praised for the way it combined cinematography with computer-generated images of space.[12] Lubezki distinguished himself by winning the Academy Award for cinematography in the following year for his work on Alejandro G. Inarritu's Birdman. The film was unusual in the way it was shot so as to appear to be photographed in one continuous take.[13]

Lubezki has also worked with a variety of other major directors, including Mike Nichols (The Birdcage), Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow), Michael Mann (Ali), Terrence Malick (The New World, The Tree of Life, To the Wonder, Knight of Cups), Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light, as camera operator under supervision of cinematographer Robert Richardson), and Joel and Ethan Coen (Burn After Reading). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning for Gravity and for Birdman.

Filmography (partial)[edit]

Year Film Director Other notes
1991 Sólo Con Tu Pareja Alfonso Cuarón International Title: Love in the Time of Hysteria
Bandits Luis Estrada
1992 Como agua para chocolate Alfonso Aráu International Title: Like Water for Chocolate
Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
1993 Fallen Angels Alfonso Cuarón
Steven Soderbergh
TV Series: 2 Episodes
Twenty Bucks Keva Rosenfeld
Miroslava Alejandro Pelayo
The Harvest David Marconi
1994 Ámbar Luis Estrada
Reality Bites Ben Stiller
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Alfonso Aráu
A Little Princess Alfonso Cuarón Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1996 The Birdcage Mike Nichols
1998 Meet Joe Black Martin Brest
Great Expectations Alfonso Cuarón
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rodrigo García
2001 Ali Michael Mann
Y Tu Mamá También Alfonso Cuarón
2002 De Mesmer, con amor o Te para dos Salvador Aguirre
Alejandro Lubezki
Short Film
International Title: From Mesmer, With Love or Tea for Two
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 Nominated–Academy 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 in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
2007 To Each His Own Cinema Alejandro González Iñárritu Segment: "Anna"
2008 Burn After Reading Joel and Ethan Coen
2010 Write the Future Alejandro González Iñárritu TV Commercial
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Online for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Cinematography
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2012 To the Wonder Terrence Malick San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Online for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Utah Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu Academy Award for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Hollywood Film Awards for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Online for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 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 G. Iñárritu Pending–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Pending–ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cinematography
Pending–BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Pending–Film Arts Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Pending–Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics for Best Cinematography
North Texas Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nevada Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
Seattle Film Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated-Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Cinematography
TBA Untitled Terrence Malick film Terrence Malick

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Wins Nominations
Academy Awards
2 8
BAFTA Film Awards
3 4
ASC Awards
4 5
Spirit Awards
1 1
Total
10 18

Academy Awards[edit]

Academy Awards
Year Film Category Result
1995 A Little Princess Best Cinematography Nominated
1999 Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2005 The New World Nominated
2006 Children of Men Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Pending

Alliance of Women Film Journalists[edit]

Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Year Film Category Result
2011 The Tree of Life Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Pending

American Society of Cinematographers Awards[edit]

American Society of Cinematographers Awards
Year Film Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Best Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Nominated
2006 Children of Men Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Pending

Ariel Awards[edit]

Ariel Awards
Year Film Category Result
1991 Sólo Con Tu Pareja Best Cinematography Nominated
1992 Como agua para chocolate Won
1993 Miroslava Won
1994 Ámbar Won

Austin Film Critics Association Awards[edit]

Austin Film Critics Association Awards
Year Film Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best Cinematography Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Nominated

Australian Cinematographers Society Awards[edit]

Australian Cinematographers Society Awards
Year Film Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best International Cinematography Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won

Awards Circuit Community Awards[edit]

Awards Circuit Community Awards
Year Film Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best Cinematography Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Won

Black Film Critics Circle Awards[edit]

Black Film Critics Circle Awards
Year Film Category Result
2013 Gravity Best Cinematography Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won

Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards[edit]

Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards
Year Film Category Result
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Cinematography Won

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards[edit]

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Year Film Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Best Cinematography Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Runner-up

British Academy Film Awards[edit]

British Academy Film Awards
Year Film Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Pending

British Society of Cinematographers Awards[edit]

British Society of Cinematographers Awards
Year Film Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Gravity Nominated
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Nominated

CableACE Awards[edit]

CableACE Awards
Year Film Category Result
1993 Fallen Angels Best Cinematography in a Comedy or Dramatic Series Won

Camerimage[edit]

Camerimage
Year Film Category Result
2011 The Tree of Life Golden Frog Nominated
2013 Gravity Best 3D Feature Film Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Golden Frog Nominated

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards[edit]

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards
Year Film Category Result
2011 The Tree of Life Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Nominated
2015 The Revenant Won

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[edit]

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Year Film Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Best Cinematography Nominated
2005 The New World Nominated
2006 Children of Men Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Nominated

Chlotrudis Awards[edit]

Chlotrudis Awards
Year Film Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Best Cinematography Nominated
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Nominated
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Nominated

CinEuphoria Awards[edit]

CinEuphoria Awards
Year Film Category Result
2012 To the Wonder Best International Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity

Critics' Choice Awards[edit]

Critics' Choice Awards
Year Film Category Result
2011 The Tree of Life Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
2015 The Revenant Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emmanuel Lubezki". Cinematographers. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ Nate Bloom (2007-02-22). "Jewish Standard Hollywood’s big night". Jewish Standard. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^ Jewish Journal: "Oscar gives nod to Jewish talent but bypasses Israel" by Tom Tugend February 23, 2015
  4. ^ "Emmanuel Lubezki Biography (1964?–)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ http://www.cinematographers.nl/PaginasDoPh/lubezki.htm
  6. ^ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/zhivago/ei_pasternak.html
  7. ^ "Cuaron, Lubezki Talk Mistakes, Long Takes and How Peter Gabriel Made ‘Gravity’ Possible". Variety. February 13, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Children of Men". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Two Axis Dolly". Doggicam Systems. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  10. ^ Corliss, Richard (2013-08-28). "Gravity at the Venice Film Festival: Dread and Awe in Space". Time Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Scott, A.O. (2013-10-03). "Between Earth and Heaven". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Emmanuel Lubezki, DP of 'Gravity', Expounds on Cinematography in the Virtual Age". nofilmschool.com. October 8, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (December 30, 2014). "Oscars: 'Birdman' Cinemtographer Reveals Secrets Behind Movie's Ingenious "Single Shot" Look". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 

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