Alejandro González Iñárritu has won Best Director at the 88th Academy Awards.
The category was a tight one, with The Revenant director seeing off competition from Adam McKay (The Big Short), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Lenny Abrahamson (Room). All five of this year’s Best Director nominees had films competing in the Best Picture category.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” said Inarritu, after picking up his coveted prize. “Leo, you are The Revenant. Thank you for your soul, you art, your life… Thank you very much for your trust, for your talent.”
The 52-year-old Mexican-born director also took a moment to touch on the evening’s theme, encouraging Hollywood to look to a time when “the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”
The Revenant led the charge coming into tonight’s Oscars ceremony with 12 nominations, closely followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10, The Martian with seven, and Carol, Bridge of Spies and Spotlight with 6 nods apiece.
The awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by comedian Chris Rock.