Netflix’s ‘Roma’ wins Finest Director and two extra Oscars (however not Finest Image)

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“Roma” took house three Academy Awards tonight — although not Finest Image, which went to “Inexperienced E book.”

Alfonso Cuarón did win an Oscar for guiding the movie. It was his second victory within the class, following his earlier award for “Gravity.” And it marks the fifth time in six years that Finest Director has gone to one of many “Three Amigos,” a trio of acclaimed Mexican administrators that additionally contains Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Iñárritu.

“Roma” relies on Cuarón’s childhood in Mexico Metropolis, as instructed via the eyes of the household’s maid Cleo. It went went into the night time with 10 nominations, tying “The Favorite” for probably the most nods. In the end, it received the awards for Finest Cinematography, Finest Overseas Movie and Finest Director.

“Being up right here doesn’t get outdated,” Cuarón mentioned as he went as much as settle for Finest Director. He went on to thank the Academy for recognizing “a movie centered round an indigenous girl — one of many 70 million home staff on the earth with out work rights, a personality that had been traditionally relegated to the background in cinema.”

Netflix spent an estimated $25 to $30 million to marketing campaign for “Roma” — a very spectacular sum because the movie value $15 million to make. The corporate additionally dropped its earlier insistence on concurrently releasing movies on streaming and in theaters. (The unique theatrical window of just some weeks nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to win over the foremost theater chains.)

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Whereas “Roma” was the large streaming success story for the night time, Netflix’s “Interval. Finish of Sentence.” received for Finest Documentary (Quick Topic). The streamer’s “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” additionally obtained three nominations, although it didn’t win in any class.

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In the meantime, Hulu’s “Minding the Hole” was nominated for Finest Documentary Characteristic, however misplaced to “Free Solo.”

Past the streaming information, “Black Panther” was the primary superhero film to be nominated for Finest Image. In the end, it took house the awards for Finest Costume Design, Finest Manufacturing Design and Finest Authentic Rating. Additionally on the superhero entrance: “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” received for Finest Animated Characteristic.

And since I’ve written about “First Man” — hey, it received for Finest Visible Results!

The awards got out at a ceremony with out a host, for less than the second time in Oscar historical past. As a substitute of a monologue, there was a montage highlighting every kind of flicks from the previous yr, after which Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph got here out to make a number of host-style jokes earlier than presenting the award for Finest Supporting Actress.

And the way did I really feel concerning the outcomes? Effectively …


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