Alejandro González Iñárritu (Spanish pronunciation: ), born August 15, 1963, to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu in Mexico City, is an Academy Award, Palme d'Or, Golden Lion, European Film Award, DGA Award, PGA Award, three-time César Award, Silver Ribbon, -nominated and Prix de la mise en scène, BAFTA, three-time Ariel Award, Golden Globe, David di Donatello, and ALFS Award winning Mexican film director.
Alejandro González Iñarritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
He started his career as a DJ in 1984 at the top-rated Mexican radio station WFM. In 1988 he began composing music for six Mexican feature films, including Garra de tigre (1989). He studied filmmaking in Maine and Los Angeles, under Polish film director Ludwik Margules and studied directing under Judith Weston in Los Angeles.