“Roma” took home three Academy Awards tonight, although it wasn’t Best Picture, it went to the “Green Book.”
Alfonso Cuarón won an Oscar for directing the film. It was his second win in the category, after his previous award for “Gravity.” And it’s 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 Iñárritu.
“Roma” is based on Cuarón’s childhood in Mexico City, as told through the eyes of the Cleo family maid. It entered the night with 10 nominations, tying “The Favorite” for the most winks, so it seemed well positioned to take home the top prize for best picture for a streaming movie (it would have been the first for a foreign language film).
Despite losing the biggest award, it won the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, and Best Director.
“Being here doesn’t get old,” Cuarón said as he took the stage for the third time. He continued thanking the Academy for recognizing “a film centered around an indigenous woman, one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without labor rights, a character who had historically been relegated to the background in the cinema.”
Netflix he 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 movies on streaming and in theaters. (Giving theaters a few weeks of exclusivity still wasn’t enough to beat the major networks.)
While “Rome” was the big hit story of the night, Netflix’s “Period”. End of sentence. ”He won for Best Documentary (short theme). The streamer’s “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” also received three nominations, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings took the stage to play the top contender for the song “When The Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” though they didn’t win any. category.
In the meantime, Hulu’s “Minding the Gap” was nominated for Best Documentary Film, but lost for “Free Solo.”
Beyond the broadcast news, “Black Panther” was the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture. Ultimately, it took home the awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Also on the superhero front: “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” won for Best Animated Picture.
And since I wrote about “First Man”, hey, it won for Best Visual Effects!
The awards were presented in a ceremony without a host, only for the second time in Oscar history. Instead of a monologue, there was a montage highlighting all kinds of movies from the past year, and then Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph came out to do some host-style jokes before presenting the top prize.
And how did I feel about the results? Good …
If Green Book wins Best Picture, I’m going to set this TV on fire
– Anthony Ha (@anthonyha) February 25, 2019