The award was Cuaron's first Golden Globe on his first nomination.
The director spent four years working on the film, which he wrote with his son Jonas. The film's setting brought plenty of technical challenges.
To portray stars
In the end, the technical achievements helped Cuaron to beat out
Many consider the Globes' director prize to be a more exclusive filmmaking honor than that of best picture, because the category contains just five nominees. Best picture is split into two prizes — drama and comedy or musical.
The 71st Golden Globes are being held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, at a ceremony hosted by