Alfonso Cuaron Wins Oscar for Best Director

Image: Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Oscar for best director for "Gravity" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood
Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Oscar for best director for "Gravity" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. LUCY NICHOLSON / Reuters

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"Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón made film history after taking home the Oscar for Best Director. He is the first Latino to take the top prize in this coveted category.

When he accepted the award, the Mexican-born director said that the four years making the movie were a transformative experience, and the gray-haired filmmaker joked that it also transformed the color of his hair. "Gravity" also won for best film editing, cinematography, sound editing, best score, sound mixing and visual effects.

Cuarón was one of the category's favorites, and recently won the Director's Guild Award, considered by many to be a predictor to the Oscar. The 52-year-old created new techniques and equipment to depict the visual effects of weightlessness, and the enormity and dangers of outer space.

The 3-D movie stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Cuarón thanked Sandra Bullock, saying "Sandy, you're 'Gravity.' You're the soul, heart of the film. ... One of the best people I've ever met."

The director also thanked his son - "Gravity" was a family affair. Cuarón co-wrote the screenplay with his son Jonás Cuarón, and credits him with egging him on to make the movie.

The younger Cuarón said their idea was to "create a roller coast ride where audiences could connect with the main character,” adding the movie portrayed "space as a way to experience re-birth; a journey through adversity.”

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron attend 'Gravity' photocall at Kursaal during 61st San Sebastian Film Festival on September 23, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty Images

Before "Gravity" Alfonso Cuarón was already known for acclaimed films such as "Y tu mamá también", as well as “Children of Men” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

In his acceptance speech the acclaimed director thanked and acknowledged two other well-known Mexican filmmakers, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu ("Amores Perros" and "Babel") and Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth" and "Pacific Rim").