BAFTAs: Mexican Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Back-to-Back Honors

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Lubezki earned his third out of four Oscar noms for his previous teaming with Malick in 2005's "The New World." He's also forged another rare long-lasting bond with Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men").

After BAFTA wins for his work on 'Birdman' and 'Gravity,' he is also up for his second Oscar in a row.

Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki on Sunday won his second BAFTA award in as many years.

During the BAFTA film awards ceremony in London, he picked up the cinematography award for Birdman, a year after getting the same honor for his work on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

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At the Oscars 2014, Lubezki won the cinematography award for his work on Gravity. He is also nominated for the Academy Award this year and widely seen as a lead contender.

News of the nine Birdman Oscar nominations, including for three Mexicans, namely director Alejandro G. Inarritu, Lubezki and sound editor Martin Hernandez, prompted positive reactions in Mexico.

There has been only one back-to-back Oscar winner in the cinematography category. John Toll won in 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart, respectively.

Lubezki also served as director of photography on Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday.

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