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After having been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the Mexican film “Roma” walked away with three Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, including best director for Alfonso Cuarón.

“Roma” also won the Oscars for best cinematography and best foreign film.

This was the ninth nomination for a Mexican film in the best foreign film category and the first time a Mexican film won in that category.

Written by Cuarón based on his own childhood, and produced by the film-streaming giant Netflix, the gritty, black-and-white “Roma” is set in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma during the 1970s.

“Roma” portrays the complex relationship between a middle-class family and their live-in maid during a family crisis with a backdrop of political repression and social protest and has been hailed as Cuarón’s masterpiece.

The film’s star, Mexican indigenous first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio, had been seen as a shoo-in for the best actress award, which went to Olivia Colman for her role in “The Favorite.”

The award for best picture of the year, for which “Roma” had been nominated, went to “Green Book.”

Cuarón previously won the Oscar for best director in 2013 for “Gravity,” making him the first Latin American director to win in that category.


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