Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto congratulated three Oscar winners who were born in Mexico–director Alfonso Cuaron, cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, and Lupita Nyong’o–on their wins.
Cuaron directed “Gravity,” which won a number of awards. Cuaron himself won Best Directing and Best Film Editing for the film.
Lubezki won Best Cinematography for the film.
Nyong’o, who grew up in Africa but was born in Mexico, won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in “12 Years a Slave,” which also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“Gravity” also won Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Nieto said via Twitter:
“Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican by birth, for her interpretative strength that have made her an Oscar winner.”
He also congratulated Lubezki for “the photographic language in ‘Gravity,’ as it is a great contribution for the universal cinema.”
He later hailed Cuaron, saying: “The Oscar for Best Director to Alfonso Cuarón is the result of his talent, effort and vision. Extraordinary job! Congratulations! The Oscar for Best Director for ‘Gravity’ is the result of the Cuaron’s lifelong in movies.”
“Congratulations to the Mexicans that have won today at the Oscars; you are part of a distinguished generation of Mexican filmmakers,” Nieto concluded.