In a historic victory, Emmanuel Lubezki has won the Oscar for best cinematography for The Revenant, making him the first person ever to claim the prize three years in a row.
“This is incredible,” he said, accepting the award at Sunday’s ceremony. He also thanked the film’s director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy for their performances.
Lubezki, who is also known by the nickname “Chivo,” won last year for Birdman and the year before for Gravity. He has been nominated for eight Oscars in all.
For The Revenant, Lubezki and Iñárritu captured the striking images of the frontier revenge tale by shooting in the frigid Canadian wilderness using only natural light. The production was so demanding that multiple crew members were terminated or quit.
Lubezki beat out Ed Lachman for Carol, Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight, Roger Deakins for Sicario, and John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Interviewed last year about his Oscar success and what else he hopes to accomplish in his career, Lubezki told Deadline, “I’m a craftsman. … There’s a little bit of that feeling of, ‘Finally I’m starting to understand certain things.’ I’m starting to understand how to use certain tools. And there’s tons of things that I need to learn and that I need to practice and that I need to experiment with. I think in that sense the Oscars don’t really mean much. It’s more that I’m trying to improve my craft.”