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Stunned Cuarón dedicates award to the "downstairs" technical workers who delivered the film's exceptional effects

Alfonso Cuarón has won the best director award at the Baftas for his outer-space thriller Gravity.

This is the director's first Bafta in this category, although the gothic fantasy that he produced, Pan's Labyrinth, won the foreign language prize in 2007, and his films Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were both previously nominated.

He said disbelievingly: "I don't know if I can open my mouth" when receiving the award. "I consider myself a part of the British film industry," he added, highlighting his living in London for 13 years: "I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration." He saluted his son, Jonás, "my teacher in film, my master in life", his star Sandra Bullock "who is Gravity", and wryly highlighted the "upstairs downstairs distinctions" between technical and artistic workers in film. »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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