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Alfonso Cuaron and the team behind “Gravity” are celebrating after a big night at the 66th Directors Guild Awards. Cuaron, who won a Golden Globe for his direction of the film, won the night’s top honor: the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

Cuaron’s win had been predicted by pundits across the board, and didn’t come as much of a surprise. This award was notable in that Cuaron became the first Hispanic recipient of the award. Another contender for the honor, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen would have become the first black recipient had he taken home the award.

“We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” said Cuaron, “Everything seems so organic (from space). Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.”

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