Oscars 2014: Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Director For "Gravity"

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Alfonso Cuarón’s made history last night, becoming the first Latino filmmaker to win the award for Best Director at the Oscars. 

The Mexican director thanked his crew and family during an emotional bilingual acceptance speech. Fox News Latino reports that Cuarón made it a special point to thank his star, Sandra Bullock. “Sandra, you are Gravity. You’re the soul, heart of the film.”

In addition to his big win, Cuarón’s space-thriller Gravity took home an impressive seven awards at last night’s 86th Academy Awards. Gravity dominated the first half of the ceremony, taking the awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. 

Cuarón’s longtime friend and collaborator Mexican Emmanuel Lubezki won the award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film.

Lubezki, the second Mexican to win for cinematography, finally took home the award after six nominations.

“I truly want to share this award with the cast and crew,” he said during his acceptance speech. “I want to thank my friend and teacher Alfonso Cuarón - your creativity and drive is incredible.” 

Congratulations to Alfonso and Emmanuel! 

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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