Alfonso Cuarˇn was a man of concise words during his Best Director acceptance speech Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards.
Known for his relentlessly long takes, elaborate sets and stories of women overcoming adversity, Cuarˇn, a native of Mexico, found a way to compile all three elements in creating ôGravity.ö By taking home the Academy Award for Best Director, Cuarˇn became the first Latin American to win the Academy Award in the Best Director category.
ôGravityö also afforded him director awards from the Golden Globes, the BAFTA and the Directors Guild Awards; a long time coming for a director who spent four years working on the film.
ôI want to thank ôGravityö because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience,ö he said during his acceptance speech. ôItĺs good, because it took so long that if it was not, it would have been a waste of time.ö
The award has also garnered even more attention for the highly anticipated series ôBelieveö, set to air on NBC March 10. Teaming with JJ Abrams (ôLost,ö ôStar Trekö), the physiological thriller has been dubbed as the drama of the year.
Making similar waves is Lupita Nyongĺo who took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Sunday. Born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents, Nyongĺo made her feature film debut in Best Picture ô12 Years a Slaveö as Patsey. That role also earned her 32 different award nominations and 24 awards.
Nyongĺo is fluent in her native Luo, English, Swahili and Spanish. She can also been seen as Gwen Lloyd, her second feature-film role, in the recently release ôNon-Stopö starring Liam Neeson.