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Last night I watched the Academy Awards, and, of course, I was rooting for "Roma". On my recent trip I had seen the critically acclaimed motion picture at a small cinema in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City just a couple of blocks from the street and house where much of the movie was shot. I loved the movie. Even the first part, which some people complained was boring, to me was a beautiful evocation of Mexican life in that era. I found the climactic scenes toward the end to be incredibly powerful.
"Roma" did not win the Oscar for Best Picture, but it did win three important awards: Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Director. Director Alfonso Cuarón appeared on stage all three times to receive the awards. (Cuarón not only directed, but was also in charge of the movie's cinematography. He is the first person to ever win Oscars in both categories for the same movie.) On his third trip up to the stage, he quipped, "Being here doesn't get old."
It is also interesting that in recent years, Mexican directors have dominated the category at the Academy Awards...
2013 - Alfonso Cuarón won for "Gravity"
2014 - Alejandro Iñárritu for "Birdman"
2015 - Alejandro Iñárritu for "Revanant"
2017 - Guillermo del Toro for "The Shape of Water"
...and now Cuarón's win for "Roma" means that Mexican directors have won the Best Director award for five of the last six years.