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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s "CARNE y ARENA" VR Installation To Receive Special Oscar
In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to present a Special Award--an Oscar® statuette--to director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible),” in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.

“The Governors of the Academy are proud to present a special Oscar to ‘CARNE y ARENA,’ in which Alejandro Iñárritu and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have opened for us new doors of cinematic perception,” said Academy president John Bailey. “‘CARNE y ARENA,’ Iñárritu’s multimedia art and cinema experience, is a deeply emotional and physically immersive venture into the world of migrants crossing the desert of the American southwest in early dawn light. More than even a creative breakthrough in the still emerging form of virtual reality, it viscerally connects us to the hot-button political and social realities of the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“CARNE y ARENA,” currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Fondazione Prada in Milan, and Tlatelolco Cultural Center in Mexico City, is a collaboration among Iñárritu, Lubezki, producer Mary Parent, Legendary Entertainment, Fondazione Prada, ILMxLAB, and Emerson Collective. Katie Calhoon executive produced.

In recognition of this achievement, an Oscar will be presented to “CARNE y ARENA” at the Academy’s 9th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Iñárritu and Lubezki are no stranger to Oscar. Iñárritu won Best Director Academy Awards in 2015 for Birdman and then the following year for The Revenant. Lubezki scored Best Cinematography Oscars for the same two films, making him the only DP to win the honor three straight years--the first coming for Gravity in 2014.