Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón made history this evening becoming the first Latino director to ever win the Oscar for Best Director. Cuarón won for Gravity, beating David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, Steve McQueen and Martin Scorsese.
In his acceptance speech Cuarón thanked his son Jonás, with whom he wrote the screenplay, as well as his country fellowman directors Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro. He dedicated the award to his mom. Cuarón won two Oscars in total as he was also presented the award for Best Sound.
Mexican Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki also won an Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on Gravity. It was his sixth nomination since 1996, and it was his very first win. Gravity was awarded with seven Oscars out of its ten nominations, becoming the most awarded film of the evening.
Mexican-born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o was the winner of the Oscar for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which was the winner of the top award for Best Film.
The winners of the 86th annual edition of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences were presented this evening at a ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.