"Because of my thick accent, they end up doing what they thought I said, not what I really said," Cuaron said of colleagues who have trouble understanding him.
"I'm sure some of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press will sympathize with this. Sandra, you are the most amazing collaborator," he told Sandra Bullock. "I want to thank you for not quitting when you thought that I have told you, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you herpes,' when I really meant to say, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you an earpiece.'"
Conan O'Brien took Cuaron's joke one step further on Monday, sharing a lengthier version of the speech in which the famed director manages to offer everyone a little herpes.