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How Alfonso Cuaron Found His 'Gravity' Mojo (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2014 at 8:14PM

Alfonso Cuaron talks about the road to "Gravity" after the Academy Nominees luncheon.
Alfonso Cuaron
Alfonso Cuaron
Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'
Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron is a great example of a director who has navigated the Hollywood system--encountering pitfalls and setbacks along the way (see "Great Expectations")-- and emerged a stronger artist. "Gravity" would not have turned out as well if the Mexican filmmaker weren't a mature and confident artist. 

Yes, he had black days and anxiety and wasn't sure it would all turn out well in the end. But he honored the script --co-written by his son Jonas--and put one foot ahead of the other every day for four years, with trusted collaborators, some old, some new, at his side, and delivered the goods. "Gravity," which shared the PGA award with "12 Years a Slave," is likely to take home multiple Oscars in many tech categories as well as Best Director for Cuaron. 

Will it win Big Picture? Don't trust anyone who tells you they know that answer. With the Olympics extending the Oscar voting period, many things can change between now and Oscar night, March 2. 

This article is related to: Alfonso Cuaron, Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, Gravity, Gravity

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.