Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is the first Latin American director to win an oscar in the field of directing. He is best known for his famous works such as the dramas A Little Princess (1995), Y Tu Mamá También (2001), the third film of the fantasy film Harry Potter Series (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-2004), and science fiction thriller Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013).
His works received a lot of recognition from several award giving bodies and most of them have been praised by both audiences and critics. His Tu Mamá También has received the Best Original Screenplay in the Academy Awards which six nominations were made under his name. His science fiction thriller, Children of Men (2006) was awarded with both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. He also received major awards for his achievement in directing which gave him awards from the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards and the Directors Guild of America. Cuarón is known for his ground-breaking technique of continuous uninterrupted shots that left his audiences in awe.
His science fiction movie, Children of Men, despite failing to earn big in the big screen due to its limited screening, have however received a lot of positive reviews from the viewers and the critics. This lead to nominations and receiving of awards from different award giving bodies. The film won the Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film-Editing and Best Cinematography in the Academy Awards. The film was also nominated for three Saturn Awards and won the Best Science Fiction Film. It also won Best Cinematography and Best Production Design and other nominations in BAFTA Awards.
The craft truly runs in the blood of the Cuarón, as his brother Carlos and his son Jonás are writers and directors as well and have both helped hi co-write in some of his famous works. In the movie industry, Cuarón along with fellow Mexican directors Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro are known as “ The Three Amigos of Cinema”.
- When he was asked to direct the third film of the Harry Potter Series, Prisoner of Azkaban, he said he had never read any of the Harry Potter Books.
- He was set to direct the movie Life of Pi (2012) but was replaced as he had to step aside due to the production of the Children of Men (2006).
- Like in the Harry Potter Film, he has never read the novel “Children of Men” by P.D James to which the screenplay “Children of Men” he directed was based on.
He was part of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people back in 2014.
- When he accepted his award for Best Director for his 2013 movie Gravity, he apologized to Sandra Bullock, for scaring her during the shoot when he told her what sounded like in his Spanish accent “I’m going to give you herpes” when what he actually said was “I’m going to give you an ear piece”. It caused a loud roar of laughter in the crowd.