Barry University’s Oscar Winning Alexander Dinelaris Jr.

(L-R) Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo with their Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for 'Birdman

(L-R) Nicolas Giacobone, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo with their Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Birdman

One of the biggest stories of the past week has no doubt been the sweeping success of Birdman at the 2015 Academy Awards, which took place in Hollywood on Sunday, February 22, 2015.  The acclaimed film took home top honors in four major categories – including “Best Picture” – having been nominated for an impressive nine Oscars.

One of those awards included “Best Screenplay” which was written, in-part, by Alexander Dinelaris Jr., a former Barry University student. Along with Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo and director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Dinelaris wrote the critically acclaimed comedy-drama.

Alexander credits receiving the Mac McKindree Scholarship for Theatre from Miami’s Barry University with saving his life. Barry University, one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast, has a main campus located in Miami Shores.

There’s no doubt that Alexander’s talent is flourishing.  Other credits include The Year of the Monarchs, The One Percent (2015), and Gloria Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet.  He was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards in 2003 for his additional work on the Off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don’t.

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