This year, five filmmakers competed for the honor of Best Director at the 2014 Oscars: Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity," Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave," Alexander Payne for "Nebraska," David O. Russell for "American Hustle," and Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Pundits have narrowed the race down to "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity," with the possibility of the two films splitting the top awards
for Best Picture and Best Director. The dust has settled and the winner of the Oscar for Best Director is... Alfonso Cuaron
The Mexico-born Cuaron broke out onto the international scene with the provocative "Y Tu Mama Tambien," before filming "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (arguably the best "Potter" adaptation) and the blockbuster sci-fi thriller "Children of Men." Cuaron spent years developing "Gravity" with his son Jonas before even a single day of filming could begin; to recreate the zero-gravity environment of outer space, Cuaron took on an epic production process that took over four years. Cuaron used a variety of techniques including 3D computer generated imagery, massive mechanical rigs and a lighting system that used 1.8 million LED lights to simulate the atmosphere of space.
The hard work paid off with a much deserved Oscar win for the visual blockbuster.