Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu soared into Hollywood lore on Sunday, giving Mexico a best director triumph at the Oscars for a stunning third straight year.
The former radio DJ became just the third filmmaker to win back-to-back Academy Awards for best director for his epic story of vengeance and survival, “The Revenant.”
He won the best director and best picture Oscars last year for “Birdman.” His friend and countryman Alfonso Cuaron won the top director award for “Gravity” in 2014.
Only two other Hollywood legends won two straight best director Oscars: John Ford in 1941 and 1942 and Joseph Mankiewicz in 1950 and 1951.
“I couldn’t be more happy. Every film is like a song — you can’t like one song more than the other,” Inarritu told reporters after his win.