Rolex warmly congratulates Alejandro González Iñárritu for the four Oscars awarded on 22 February to his film Birdman: or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. The four Oscars awarded at the 87th Academy Awards – for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography – represent some of the highest tributes in cinema and will ensure that this startling and masterly film gains the worldwide audience it deserves. As director, co-producer and co-writer of the screenplay, Iñárritu has been singled out for three of the four Oscars.
Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex, said: “All of us are delighted that Alejandro Iñárritu’s latest film has won Oscars for four of its nine nominations and that his immense talent has been handsomely recognized. Rolex is honoured that Alejandro has been participating, since mid-2014, as film mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s current cycle. He is generously sharing his time and creativity with young, Israeli director Tom Shoval, ensuring that the legacy of imaginative and thought-provoking film-making is passed to the next generation.”
Tom Shoval was, as co-writer of the screenplay, a major contributor to Aya, a film that was nominated for the Oscars’ Best Live Action Short. “It is an amazing accomplishment for a young film-maker such as Tom to be part of the greatest celebration in the film world,” continued Irvin. “We have already commented on the serendipity of mentor and protégé both appearing on the ‛red carpet’ for the Academy Awards. Those of us involved in the Rolex Arts Initiative have confidence that in the future Tom Shoval will be the recipient of many honours for his work.”