Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón won the Oscar for "Best Director and "Best Cinematography" on Sunday night for “Roma,” a film he wrote and directed. The movie also gave Mexico its long-sought statuette in the "Best Foreign Film"category.
"To create a single frame of film, as you well know, requires the work of a lot of people, very hard work. So I want to thank Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira before anybody else.
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Cuaron shot his own film with his friend and frequent collaborator Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki.
"If this film was created by my own memories, the film was crafted through the memories of what this great master of cinematography has given to us," he continued. "It is well-known that in Billy Wilder’s office there was a sign that said, 'What would Lubitsch have done?' And for me, it was, 'What would [cinematographer and longtime Cuarón collaborator] Chivo Lubezki have done?' So this is for you, too, Chivo."
The film, shot in black and white with an almost entirely Mexican crew, follows the daily routines and the powerful struggles of a domestic worker employed by a middle-class family who lives in the neighborhood Colonia Roma, in Mexico City.