Alfonso Cuarón has won the best director Oscar for Gravity at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen, Nebraska's Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street. In doing so, Cuarón becomes the first Mexican-born director to win the award.
The actor's percentage-profits contract for the space thriller means her performance may be one of the best-paid of all time
Sandra Bullock may not have been the obvious first choice to play a scientist stuck in high-earth orbit in a 3D space thriller – especially not for producing studio Warner Bros, who had originally intended Gravity to be a vehicle for Angelina Jolie.
Before I saw Gravity, I had zero interest. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts? Give me a break.
Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity has passed the $400m (£250m) mark in global box-office takings, becoming October's highest-grossing live action film release of all time, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It's been, like, forever since a space film made any serious impact at the Oscars: you have to go back to Avatar in 2010 for anything remotely in the same ballpark.
In space, no one can hear you scream.
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