Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award For ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron is seen here attending the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California – Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America.
Alfonso Cuaron has won the Directors Guild Award for top feature film for Roma, keeping up his awards-season momentum.
Alfonso Cuaron topped Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam McKay for Vice, and Peter Farrelly for Green Book.
“Thank you, cabron — you are my film career,” a deeply moved Alfonso Cuaron told last year’s winner, Guillermo del Toro.
Alfonso Cuaron explained backstage that he had used “cabron,” often an expletive in Spanish, as a term of endearment for del Toro. “Like everything else, it’s a matter of context,” he added.
Alfonso Cuaron also thanked Participant Media, which financed the black-and-white Spanish-language film, and Netflix, which released it, for their “glorious stupidity.”
The filmmaker singled out Oscar-nominated stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.
“‘Roma’ simply doesn’t exist without the generosity of spirt and effortless grace of Yalitza and Marina,” Alfonso Cuaron said. “They somehow, with the rest of my beautiful cast, managed to bring to life this film from my memory.”
Roma, which is set in Mexico City in the 1970s, is based on Cuaron’s boyhood.
It’s the second time that the DGA has honored foreign-language film, 18 years after Ang Lee won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. And it’s the second DGA Award that Cuaron has won, five years after taking the trophy and the directing Academy Award for Gravity.
Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Globe for directing Roma against the same four men — Cooper, Farrelly, Lee, and McKay. Cuaron also won the director award from the New York Film Critics Circle.
The DGA Award is one of the top indicators of Oscar glory, with all but seven of the DGA winners since 1948 going on to take the best director Oscar — including del Toro last year for The Shape of Water. The last divergence came in 2013 when Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for Argo, even though he did not receive an Oscar nom.
About 80% of DGA nominees have gone on to be in the running for an Academy Award in recent years. Cuaron, Lee, and McKay have been nominated for an Oscar this year, along with Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite and Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War.
Mexico-born directors have won four of the last five directing Oscars, starting with Alfonso Cuaron in 2014, followed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman and The Revenant, and del Toro for The Shape of Water last year. Damien Chazelle won the DGA Award and Oscar in 2017 for “La La Land.”
Cuaron’s script for Roma is up for a Writers Guild of America award, which will be announced on Feb. 17. “Roma” scored 10 Oscar nominations, tied with The Favourite. The Academy Awards will take place Feb. 24.