2014 is the year of Alfonso Cuarón.
The Mexican director just picked up two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Editing for his acclaimed sci-fi thriller Gravity. Now, the renowned filmmaker is bringing his talent to the small screen, spearheading the new NBC series Believe, a sci-fi drama about a young girl with supernatural abilities. Catch the series on Sundays at 9 pm EST starting March 16.
The Latino has been directing films for over 20 years, and now he's finally receiving the recognition he deserves. From Y Tu Mamá Tambien to Children of Men, here are five spectacular flicks you forgot the Mexicano had directed:
1. A Little Princess (1995)
One of Cuarón's first directoral gigs was A Little Princess, the movie adaptation of the 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Although the film failed to generate buzz at the box office, it became a beloved cinematic classic in the years since. In 1996, it picked up three Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Set Direction, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel "El Chivo" Lubezki.
2. Great Expectations (1998)
Starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert De Niro, this modern interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations received solidly average reviews. Despite it's so-so performance, the flick starred several big-names and pushed Cuarón into the spotlight, marking him as a director to watch.
3. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Cuarón's steamy drama Y Tu Mamá También was actually too sexy for American audiences. The critically acclaimed film was released in the United States without a rating because an NC-17 was seen as unavoidable.
Despite it's sexual content and limited release, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and helped propel Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal to stardom.
4. Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Mexican director took on the challenging third installation of the wildly successful Harry Potter franchise, earning numerous accolades for his inspired work. Prisoner of Azkaban earned an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 2005, and is listed at no. 471 on Empire magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
5. Children of Men (2006)
Despite its limited release and low earnings at the box office, Children of Men received widespread critical acclaim for writer and director Alfonso Cuarón. The movie, which tells the story of a dystopian society where women can no longer give birth, was ranked no. 2 on Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers' list of best films of the decade. "No movie this decade was more redolent of sorrowful beauty and exhilerating action," he wrote. "That's Cuarón's magic: he makes you believe."
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. It was Cuarón's last full-length directorial project before beginning the four-year process of filming Gravity.