Rodrigo Prieto

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Rodrigo Prieto
Born
Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh

(1965-11-23) November 23, 1965 (age 55)
Mexico City, Mexico
NationalityMexican
Alma materCentro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active1988-present
OrganizationMexican Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers
Spouse(s)Monica
Children2

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, (born November 23, 1965) is a Mexican cinematographer. He has been closely associated as cinematographer for Martin Scorsese and Alejandro González Iñárritu, among other directors. He is a member of both the Mexican Society of Cinematographers and the American Society of Cinematographers. Throughout his career, Prieto has received many awards and nominations, including three Academy Award for Best Cinematography nominations for Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2006) and Martin Scorsese’s Silence (2016) and The Irishman (2019).

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Life and career

Rodrigo Prieto was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His grandfather, Jorge Prieto Laurens, was the mayor of Mexico City and leader of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, but was later persecuted by the country's ruler because of political differences. Prieto's grandfather escaped with his family to Texas and then to Los Angeles. There, Prieto's father would spend most of his childhood. Prieto's father studied aeronautical engineering at New York University, where he met and married Prieto's mother, an artist. Rodrigo Prieto graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. Prieto became an established cinematographer, working with such names as Spike Lee ( 25th Hour ), Curtis Hanson ( 8 Mile ), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Lust, Caution) and Pedro Almodóvar (Broken Embraces ). Nonetheless, his political legacy still has a visible effect on his career. In 2002, Prieto shot Frida , a film about Frida Kahlo, a communist Mexican artist. In 2003, Prieto cooperated with Oliver Stone in two documentary projects: Comandante , about Fidel Castro, and Persona Non Grata , about Yasser Arafat. In 2004, Prieto shot Alexander for Stone. Prieto also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros , 21 Grams , Babel and Biutiful .

Prieto is noted for his unconventional use of the camera often combined with strong moody lighting. In 25th Hour, Prieto utilized overexposure and other techniques to create original dream-like images to signify that the events shown on screen are memories or visions. Similarly innovative photography could be spotted in Frida, featuring strong colors and sharp imagery blended with atmospheric yellows and browns, as well as his experimental use of infrared during a battle scene in Alexander . Prieto also is interested in evoking naturalism, most evident in The Homesman and Brokeback Mountain . [1] [2] Prieto not only shot Brokeback Mountain, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, but appeared in a cameo role within the film as a Mexican gigolo whom Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack Twist, meets.

Prieto has formed an artistic collaboration with Martin Scorsese; first on The Wolf of Wall Street , Silence , for which he garnered his second Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, and most recently The Irishman , released in November 2019. [3] [4] In December 2019, Prieto announced he would be involved with Scorsese's upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon . [5] He served as cinematographer for the music videos for the three Taylor Swift 2020 singles, "The Man", which references one of his previous films, The Wolf of Wall Street , "Cardigan" and "Willow". [6]

Prieto is the recipient of the 2021 Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking, awarded by the Vilcek Foundation. [7] [8]

Personal life

Prieto resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Monica and they have two daughters: Maria Fernanda and Ximena. [9]

Filmography

YearFilmDirectorOther notes
1996 All of Them Witches Daniel Gruener
Oedipus Mayor Jorge Alí Triana
1998 Fibra Óptica Francisco Athié
2000 Ricky 6 Peter Filardi
Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Rodrigo García
Original Sin Michael Cristofer
2002 25th Hour Spike Lee
8 Mile Curtis Hanson
Frida Julie Taymor
2003 Persona Non Grata Oliver Stone
21 Grams Alejandro González Iñárritu
Comandante Oliver Stone
2004 Alexander
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007 Lust, Caution Ang Lee
2009 Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar
State of Play Kevin Macdonald
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Oliver Stone
2011 We Bought a Zoo Cameron Crowe
Water for Elephants Francis Lawrence
2012 Argo Ben Affleck
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese
2014 The Homesman Tommy Lee Jones
2016 Passengers Morten Tyldum
Silence Martin Scorsese
2019 The Irishman
2020 The Glorias Julie Taymor
TBA Killers of the Flower Moon Martin Scorsese

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

BAFTA Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 Babel Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2003 Frida Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2006 Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

Other awards

Ariel Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
1996 All of Them Witches Best CinematographyWon
1999 Fibra Óptica Nominated
Un embrujo Won
2001 Amores perros Won
2011 Biutiful Won

Circuit Community Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyNominated
2006 Babel Nominated
2016 Silence Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyRunner-up

Critics' Choice Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2020 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

Camerimage

YearFilmCategoryResult
2000 Amores Perros Golden FrogWon
2004 Alexander Nominated
Silver FrogWon
2006 Babel Main Competition Golden FrogNominated
2007 Lust, Caution Nominated
2012 Argo Nominated
Lana Del Rey: Blue Jeans Best Cinematography in a Music VideoNominated
2016 Vinyl Jury Award Best PilotNominated
2020 The Irishman Main Competition Golden FrogNominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2006 Babel Nominated
2016 Silence Nominated

Chlotrudis Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2004 21 Grams Best CinematographyNominated

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain

YearFilmCategoryResult
2010 Broken Embraces Best CinematographyNominated

CinEuphoria Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2012 Biutiful Best CinematographyNominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyWon
2006 Babel Runner-up Tied
2016 Silence Runner-up

Dublin Film Critics' Circle

YearFilmCategoryResult
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography6th Place

Independent Spirit Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2008 Lust, Caution Best CinematographyNominated

Florida Film Critics Circle

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won

Georgia Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2017 Silence Best CinematographyNominated

Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2007 Lust, Caution Best CinematographyNominated

Goya Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2011 Biutiful Best CinematographyNominated

Houston Film Critics Society

YearFilmCategoryResult
2020 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers

YearFilmCategoryResult
2008 Lust, Caution Golden Camera 300Won

International Cinephile Society Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyRunner-up Tied
2017 Silence Best CinematographyRunner-up

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyNominated
2007 Babel Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated

Latino Entertainment Journalists Association Film Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2020 The Irishman Best CinematographyNominated

National Society of Film Critics

YearFilmCategoryResult
2017 Silence Best Cinematography Nominated

North Texas Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2016 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyWon
2019 The Irishman Nominated

Online Film & Television Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyWon
2017 Silence Nominated

Online Film Critics Society Award

YearFilmCategoryResult
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2007 Babel Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

Phoenix Critics Circle

YearFilmCategoryResult
2019 The Irishman Best CinematographyNominated

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best CinematographyWon
2016 Silence Nominated

San Diego Film Critics Society

YearFilmCategoryResult
2019 The Irishman Best CinematographyNominated

San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle

YearFilmCategoryResult
2016 Silence Best CinematographyNominated

San Sebastián International Film Festival

YearFilmCategoryResult
1998 Un embrujo Jury Prize for Best CinematographyWon

Satellite Awards

YearFilmCategoryResult
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

St. Louis Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Babel Nominated
2019 The Irishman Nominated

Tribeca Film Festival

YearFilmCategoryResult
2013 Likeness Jury Award Best Cinematography in a Narrative FeatureNominated

Venice Film Festival

YearFilmCategoryResult
2007 Lust, Caution Golden Osella Best cinematographyWon

Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking

YearAwardResult
2021 Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking Won

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association

YearFilmCategoryResult
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

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