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2019 Oscars

Alfonso Cuarón wins his 2nd Best Director Oscar in 6 years

Alfonso Cuarón just took home the Academy Award for Best Director for the second time in six years.

Cuarón at the 2019 Oscars won the prize for Roma after winning for his 2013 film Gravity. This repeat win is among the quickest in recent years, although it's certainly not the quickest. After all, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the prize two years in a row, first in 2015 for Birdman and again in 2016 for The Revenant. Ang Lee also won Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain and then again in 2013 for Life of Pi. And Steven Spielberg won in 1994 for Schindler's List and then again in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan.

That certainly puts Cuarón, among the most visionary filmmakers working today, in great company. Cuarón also made history this year by being the first person to win Best Director and Best Cinematographer in the same year for the first film, per IndieWire. No other person has been nominated in both years for the same film, either.