Alfonso Cuaron has landed his first Oscars win for his film Roma by claiming the award for ‘Best Cinematography’ at 91st Academy Awards.
With his victory, Cuaron becomes the first person to win a cinematography Oscar for a film that he also directed. Cuaron, who wrote, directed and shot the film which has been nominated for 10 Oscars, had previously been left furious after the Academy originally planned to remove four categories from the live show in order to save time – one of them being cinematography. What ensued was a mass Hollywood protest and the Academy reversing its decision, something Cuaron described as “inevitable”.
Set in 1970 and 1971, Roma, which is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuaron’s upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City, stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family.
In his speech, Cuaron paid tribute to Mexico and all his colleagues in the cinematography world. Given a special mention to fellow Oscar nominees Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, Cuaron said that “to create a single frame of film is very hard work” and explained how the job can’t be done alone.
Here’s the speech in full: