Academy’s special award for CARNE y ARENA


The Academy’s (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Board of Governors has, by way of a vote, decided to present a special award, an Oscar statuette to virtual reality (VR) installation CARNE y ARENA by groundbreaking Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu known for films like The Revenant, Birdman, Amores Perros.



The installation is a collaboration between Iñárritu, Lubezki, producer Mary Parent, Legendary Entertainment, Fondazione Prada, ILMxLAB, and Emerson Collective. Katie Calhoon executive produced.

This latest honour for the four-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is being given to him in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling. Academy President John Bailey said in the announcement:

“The Governors of the Academy are proud to present a special Oscar to CARNE y ARENA, in which Alejandro Iñárritu and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have opened for us new doors of cinematic perception, CARNE y ARENA. Iñárritu’s multimedia art and cinema experience, is a deeply emotional and physically immersive venture into the world of migrants crossing the desert of the American southwest in early dawn light. More than even a creative breakthrough in the still emerging form of virtual reality, it viscerally connects us to the hot-button political and social realities of the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The Special Award Oscar will be presented at the 9th Annual Governors Awards on November 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. This year’s honorees are actor Donald Sutherland, writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman and director Agnès Varda.

CARNE y ARENA is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Fondazione Prada in Milan and Tlatelolco Cultural Center in Mexico City.