Alfonso Cuaron is now an Oscar winner — twice. The Gravity writer-director capped off strong showing this awards season with the Academy Award for best director — an hour after sharing an editing win with Mark Sanger.
Cuaron was considered a favorite going into the night’s show, taking the director nod at the Directors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs — among many others. His space drama, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, earned a total of 10 nominations at this year’s Oscars, with a slew of technical accolades for the effects-heavy production, a spot in the best picture race and an acting nom for Bullock.
Gravity‘s direction win marked its seventh nod of the night. In his speech, the director gave a shout-out to Jeff Robinov and Alan Horn — both of whom departed their executive status at Warner Bros. while Gravity was being made.
Cuaron beat out David O. Russell (American Hustle), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).
The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker has been to the Oscars with two previous films, though he’d never won. Breakthrough Y tu Mamá También scored him a nomination for original screenplay in 2003, and Children of Men earned editing and adapted screenplay nominations in 2007.