Emmanuel Lubezki is a Mexican cinematographer who sometimes goes by the name Chivo, which means goat. He won consecutive Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for his work on Gravity and Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. The two have been friends since they were teenagers and attended the same film school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Together they have worked on six motion pictures: Sólo con tu Pareja (1991), A Little Princess (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Y tu mamá también (2001), Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013). His work with Cuarón on Children of Men (2006) has received universal acclaim.
Lubezki has also worked with a variety of other major directors, including Mike Nichols (The Birdcage, 1996), Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, 1999), Michael Mann (Ali, 2001), Terrence Malick (The New World, 2005, The Tree of Life, 2011, To the Wonder, 2013), Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light, 2007, as camera operator under supervision of cinematographer Robert Richardson) and The Coen Brothers (Burn After Reading, 2008). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning for Gravity and for Birdman. Read more.