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Netflixs Roma wins three Oscars, including Best Director (but not Best Picture)

Roma took home three Academy Awards tonight though not Best Picture, which went to Green Book.
Alfonso Cuaron did win an Oscar for directing the film. It was his second victory in the category, following his previous award for Gravity. And it marks the fifth time in six years that Best Director has gone to one of the Three Amigos, a trio of acclaimed Mexican directors that also includes Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Inarritu.
Roma is based on Cuarons childhood in Mexico City, as told through the eyes of the familys maid Cleo. It went into the night with 10 nominations, tying The Favourite for the most nods, so it seemed well-positioned to bring home the first Best Picture award for a streaming film (it would also have been the first for a foreign language film).
Despite losing out on the biggest prize, it won the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film and Best Director.
Being up here doesnt get old, Cuaron said as he took the stage for the third time. He went on to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights, a character that had been historically relegated to the background in cinema.
Netflix spent an estimated $25 to $30 million to campaign for Roma a particularly impressive sum since the film cost $15 million to make. The company also dropped its previous insistence on simultaneously releasing films on streaming and in theaters. (Giving theaters just a few weeks of exclusivitystill wasnt enough to win over the major chains.)

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