MEXICO CITY - As a boy, Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Instead, he has soared into Hollywood's stratosphere, winning the best director Oscar on Sunday for his space thriller "Gravity."
Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the film world's top directing prize, with a 3D movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts lost in space after an accident.
"Sandy, you're 'Gravity.' You are the soul, heart of the film -- the most amazing collaborator and one of the best people I've ever met," Cuaron said as he accepted his award, one of the many Oscars won by the film.
He beat out Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") and Steve McQueen("12 Years a Slave").