Alejandro Inarritu wins best director Oscar for The Revenant

Director Alejandro Inarritu arriving on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on Feb 28, 2016.
Director Alejandro Inarritu arriving on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on Feb 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexico's Alejandro Inarritu won the Best Director Oscar on Sunday for the drama The Revenant about a fur-trapper who survives a bear attack and treks across a desolate landscape in winter.

Inarritu was the first film-maker in 60 years to win a back-to-back director's Oscar.

He won Best Director last year for Birdman, which also won the 2015 Best Picture Academy Award.

It was the fourth Oscar for Inarritu and came as little surprise after he won a Golden Globe, a British BAFTA award and a trophy from the Directors Guild Awards for the film.

He beat Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) to the honour.

Inarritu hailed his latest Oscar as a tribute to diversity - a major issue at the latest Oscars, where non-whites were absent from the nominees lists in the acting categories.

"There is a line in the film that says, 'They don't listen to you when they see the colour of your skin'," Inarritu said. "So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this way of thinking and make sure for once and forever that the colour of skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair.

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