Alfonso Cuaron Looks to Oscar Gold

Feb 21, 2019

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

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Alfonso Cuarón is up for four personal Oscars at the Academy Awards for his Spanish-language labor of love Roma, which he wrote and directed. Cuarón also helmed the cinematography for the project when a scheduling conflict left his longtime collaborator Emmanuel Lubezk unavailable. The resulting film has been the darling of this awards’ season, winning major honors at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs heading into this Sunday’s ceremony.

Speaking about his increased hands-on approach to this film, Cuarón told IndieWire:

“[With ‘Roma’] I was forced to be on the set. By me being there, different transformations would happen and subtle changes to each scene. I was surrounded by my past the whole time and it was part of that essential process that I wanted. The fact Chivo couldn’t do it was in many ways a benefit for the creative process.”

Now Roma could bring Cuarón Oscars for Best Achievement in Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay. He took the Best Director award at the Golden Globes and Best Film at the BAFTAs, so there’s precedent–and momentum!–in both categories.


Roma is also up for Best Foreign Language Film, a win also bestowed at the BAFTAs, and it seems likely he will be doubly honored with an Academy Award in that category as well. Whether it counts toward his individual total, however, is up for debate. According to IndieWire, a win for Foreign Language Film is traditionally attributed to the country, though, in recent years, the director has been allowed to accept and keep the award.

It looks to be an exciting evening for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director, who previously won Oscars for direction and film editing of the feature film Gravity and whose influence has been felt in more ways than one. When the Academy announced it would award honors in select technical categories during commercial breaks, Cuarón pushed back, offering his support to his industry colleagues and demanding the Academy reconsider.

On Monday, Variety reported that the Academy did roll back the decision and will air all categories during the live show. Cuarón responded:

“Let’s stop calling them technical categories!…By calling them ‘technical’ and ‘below-the-line,’ there’s already kind of an invisible wall that creates a very false perception. They’re all artists.”

Tune in Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if Cuarón can recapture Oscar gold, and check in with Leaky on Monday for our post-Academy Awards coverage!

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