Backstage, from The Times' Jeffrey Fleishman:
Gripping two Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron, who became the first Mexican to win an Academy Award as best director, said he was gratified by the success of “Gravity” and encouraged his country to support films “about Mexico . . . shot in Mexico.” Told by a reporter that he was trending on Twitter in Mexico, Cuaron said he “was really grateful.” He credited the idea of “Gravity” to his son Jonas, who co-wrote the screenplay with him, and who injected "a new energy into my life, my work. . .It was a very long process. . . This marks a closure.”
He praised Sandra Bullock’s performance as Dr. Ryan Stone, marooned and drifting in space after a stream of debris imperils work on the Hubble Space Telescope. The director said, “I don’t think enough was said about Sandra.” Bullock was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Cate Blanchett for her role in “Blue Jasmine.” Cuaron added the during the filming Bullock had to live in a tightly compressed world: “She had to absorb absolutely everything” to conjure the isolation of space.
The director said much of film’s sound, scope and feel was credited to technology created by the British film industry. “British film culture is in good shape,” he said.