The winner of the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards last Sunday was a man who you probably did not know existed before last year.

 

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Alfonso Cuaron is a Mexican director who has been making films since 1983; at the 86th Academy Awards last Sunday night, Cuaron won not one, but 2 Oscars for his editing and direction of the film “Gravity.” Those two statues are representative of a career full of hard work and compassion for the medium of film.

 

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (en.Wikipedia.org)

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (en.Wikipedia.org)

Cuaron started his feature film-making career with small, but critically acclaimed films such as “A Little Princess,” “Y Tu Mama Tambiem,” and “Solo Con Tu Pareja.” The talent he displayed in these films impressed many, including David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter Series. Cuaron was signed on to direct the third installment of the Harry Potter series, “The Prisoner of Azkaban.” The film was released in 2004 to critical acclaim, and it was considered by many to be the best the series had to offer. It showed what a talent Cuaron was, even under studio power, and that he really had a knack for special effects.

 

 

 

 

Children of Men (en.wikipedia.org)

Children of Men (en.wikipedia.org)

His next film, “Children of Men,” would not be released until two years later. This, a dystopian sic-fi flick, was yet another project Cuaron leveraged to show what he could do with strange but intriguing source material. “Children of Menis not only an interesting yarn and piece of commentary, but it is also a technical wonder with incredible cinematography and editing.

After “Children of Men,” Cuaron went to work on “Gravity,” which would end up becoming his most significant and perhaps greatest project to date. Anyone who’s seen “Gravity” should not be surprised to learn that it was a massive process to make that film. It required a level of effects artistry and technology that simply had not yet been accomplished.

 

All the hard work on the movie “Gravity” paid off as the film is nothing short of a masterpiece and a one of a kind viewing experience. Watching it happen, there’s almost no way to know how they did it. You feel as though you are in space with these characters and it’s absolutely breathtaking.  Alfonso Cuaron not only won the Oscar for Best Editing and Directing, but “Gravity” ended up taking home more awards than any other film. And rightly so, as it is something of a marvel.

 

Cuaron is now working alongside Mark Friedman on the NBC series, “Believe.”

 

 

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