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Alfonso Cuaron Biography

Birth Name:
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco
Birth Place:
Mexico City, Mexico
Profession
Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor

Fast Facts

  • First feature as a director was 1991's Sólo Con Tu Pareja (Love in the Time of Hysteria), a black comedy dealing with AIDS
  • Won a 1993 Cable ACE Award for Best Director for his first English-language work, an episode of the Showtime mystery series Fallen Angels that director Sydney Pollack asked him to helm
  • His first English feature film, the 1995 World War I drama A Little Princess, won him the New Generation Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
  • Controversial 2001 drama Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too) won Best Foreign Film at the New York Film Critics Awards and was nominated for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTAs; he was nominated for Best Director at the Toronto Film Critics Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards
  • His 2004 fantasy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban reportedly cost $130 million, but grossed more than three-quarters of a billion dollars worldwide
  • Founded the production and distribution company Esperanto Films

Awards

  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2019David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2019Independent Spirit Awards-Best International Film: winner
  • 2019Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Editing: nominated
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Cinematography: winner
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2018Venice Film Festival-Best Film: winner
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Cinematography: winner
  • 2018Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2018Oscar-Best Achievement in Cinematography: winner
  • 2018Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: winner
  • 2014Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Editing: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2014Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: winner
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2014César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Editing: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2013L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2013L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Editing: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: winner
  • 2013Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Film Editing: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2007Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film not in the English Language: winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Achievement in Film Editing: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2006Utah Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2006Austin Film Critics-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2006Austin Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film not in the English Language: nominated
  • 2003Independent Spirit Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2001Venice Film Festival-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1994Los Angeles Film Critics Association-New Generation Award: winner

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