People in Mexico gathered to cheer on “Roma’s” Oscar wins.
Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical film depicts Mexico City during the filmmaker’s childhood in the 1970s. In was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won three for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film.
“This beautiful, intimate film, one that gives a voice to the voiceless, reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives: immigrants and women who move humanity forward,” chef José Andrés at the Academy Awards.
The film focuses on a live-in domestic worker, Cleo, played by Yalitza Aparicio, backdropped by political and social issues shaping 20th-century Mexico. Cleo’s character was inspired by the worker who helped raise Cuarón.
“I want to thank the Academy doe recognizing a film centered around an Indigenous woman—one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights,” the director stated at the awards. “A character that historically had been relegated in the background of cinema.”
Cuarón won for first Best Director Oscar in 2013 for “Gravity” and is the fifth Mexican Best Director winner in six years. Guillermo del Toro won in 2017 for “The Shape of Water,” and Alejandro González Iñárritu won in 2014 and 2015 for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”