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Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Oscar for 'Gravity'

Update: March, 03/2014 - 11:00

HOLLYWOOD, United States – Mexican Alfonso Cuaron won the best director Oscar for 3D space drama "Gravity" on Sunday, as the 86th Academy Awards show drew towards its climax.

Cuaron beat fellow nominees David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street").

Cuaron spoke of the "traumatic experience" of making the film, which had already won several other Oscars earlier in the night, and thanked his stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar on Sunday for his role in true-life AIDS activist drama "Dallas Buyers Club."

McConaughey beat fellow nominees Christian Bale ("American Hustle"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street") and Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave").

Cate Blanchett won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for her turn in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," as the final prizes at the 86th Academy Awards show were handed out.

Blanchett, who was the clear frontrunner for the award, beat fellow nominees Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena") and Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County").AFP

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