Why do so many foreign directors win Oscars?
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.