LOS ANGELES – Alfonso Cuaron has gone home with the Director’s Guild Award for his directing of his acclaimed black and white feature film “Roma.”
On Saturday night, the Mexican director had been up against Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.”
It was the second DGA for Cuaron, who picked up the same prize in 2014 for his science-fiction thriller “Gravity.”
Mexican director Carlos Lopez Estrada had been in the running for “Blindspotting” for the best director award for a first-time feature film, but he missed out to Bo Burnham who won for “Eighth Grade.”
The DGAs are a good barometer during awards season, forerunners for what could happen at the Academy Awards.
“Roma” has 10 Oscar nominations, on par with “The Favourite” by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.
That movie is set in 18th century England and explores Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) relationships with two women, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail (Emma Stone) at a time when the country was at war with France.
In the past 10 years, directors awarded at the DGAs have gone on to pick up the equivalent award at the Oscars, with the exception of 2013, when Ben Affleck won for “Argo” at the DGAs and Ang Lee took the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”
“Roma” tells the story of Cleo, played by Yalitza Aparicio in her debut role, an indigenous woman who works for a bourgeois family as a maid in 1970s Mexico City.
The movie has generated much buzz this season, claiming the Golden Lion at Venice, two Golden Globes for best director and best foreign language film.
And on Saturday night in the southern Spanish city Seville, “Roma” took the Goya Award for best Iberoamerican movie.
“I am very honored that Roma has been recognized with a Goya. I am very proud to represent Mexico this evening along with by very talented producers, Gabriela Rodriguez and Nicolas Celis, and the entire cast and crew of this movie,” Cuaron tweeted of the achievement.
Javier Fesser’s “Campeones” meanwhile took the Goya for best movie at the 33rd edition of the Spain’s main annual movie awards.
“Roma,” the first movie in Spanish to have gotten a best picture Oscar nomination, will be in the running for best director, best actress, best supporting actress (Marina de Tavira), best foreign language film, best cinematography, best production design, best original screenplay, best sound mixing and best sound edition.
The 91st Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24.