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Alfonso Cuarón Wins Big at Golden Globes

Acclaimed Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón picked up two Golden Globes (Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language) last night for his work on Roma, a poetic black-and-white film telling the story of a working housemaid in 1970’s Mexico City.

Amidst all of the unexpected outcomes from the awards ceremony, the wins for Roma and Cuarón were not surprising. Roma had previously received accolades from groups such as the Venice Film Festival and American Film Institute and has earned over 100 international awards to date, a breakthrough for Mexican heritage and culture in the Hollywood spotlight.

Cuarón’s big wins from last night are yet another testament to the film’s sweeping success and popularity amongst critics as the awards season commences. Many suspect that Cuarón / Roma will likely be contenders for Best Director and Best Foreign Film again at the Oscars.  After all, Cuarón himself is a “seasoned veteran” at the Oscars, having won Best Director in 2014 for directing Gravity with Sandra Bullock.

In his acceptance speeches, Cuarón thanked his leading ladies Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, commending them for their contribution to the film.

“I’m in awe of what they did in this film,” he says. “I feel a little bit like cheating, accepting this award, because most of what I was doing was just to witness and enjoy [these actors], who just exist on the screen.”

“Cinema at its best tears down walls and builds bridges to other cultures,” Cuarón continues. “As we cross these bridges, these new experiences and these new shapes and these new faces – we begin to realize while they may be strange, they are not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.”

After acknowledging Netflix and other contributors to the film, he thanked Mexico for “the amazing colors that made me who I am.”

“Gracias familia, y gracias Mexico,” he concludes.

Other award highlights

What was supposed to be a night of wins for films like A Star is Born turned out to be an up-for-grabs situation. Glen Close beat out Lady Gaga for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, while Rami Malek won Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. In the end, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book took home the awards for Best Motion Picture – Music or Comedy and Best Motion Picture – Drama respectively (see full winners list here).

The ceremony, of course, did not go without its funny, meme-worthy moments. Emma Stone apologized amidst Sandra Oh’s Aloha joke; Christian Bale thanked Satan for giving him inspiration for playing his role; and Maya Rudolph proposed to Amy Poehler on stage.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg co-hosted the Golden Globes (watch monologue here), opening the ceremony by cracking light-hearted jokes at nominees while tastefully avoiding politics. Viewers had a love/hate reaction towards the monologues with some saying it was “too platonic and corny” while others said it was “just right.” Despite the mixed receptions, co-host Sandra Oh took the time at the end to meaningfully reflect on the improvements made for diversity and inclusivity in Hollywood over the past year.

What did you think of the Golden Globes last night? Do you think this is a pivotal moment for change in the film and entertainment industry? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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