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Why do so many foreign directors win Oscars?

Published on Feb 27, 2014 10:59 AM
 
If Mexican Alfonso Cuaron (left) wins the coveted prize for space thriller Gravity, as many predict, he will be the fourth non-American in a row to win in the category. The same would be true for fellow frontrunner Steve McQueen, the British filmmaker behind 12 Years A Slave, a best picture favourite. -- PHOTOS: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - When the best director Oscar winner is announced on Sunday, March 2, 2014, chances are it will once again be a non-American - highlighting Hollywood's focus more than ever on global markets vital for box office success.

Over the last 20 years, 11 winners of the best director Academy Award - arguably second in prestige to best picture at Tinseltown's biggest annual show - have been from outside the United States.

And if Mexican Alfonso Cuaron wins the coveted prize for space thriller Gravity, as many predict, he will be the fourth non-American in a row to win in the category.

The same would be true for fellow frontrunner Steve McQueen, the British filmmaker behind 12 Years A Slave, a best picture frontrunner.

 
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