Alfonso Cuarón bagged the Oscar for best director at the 91st Academy Awards for his semi-autobiographical film Roma. Cuarón won the Oscars, the second time after winning in 2014 for his space drama Gravity.
This year, Cuarón excelled over strong contenders including Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Paweł Pawlikowski for Cold War, and Yorgos Lanthimos for the period black comedy The Favourite.
Cuaron has said the film based on his personal memories of growing up with his family in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City. He also wrote and produced the film. The film stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and narrates the tale of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family.
Roma has received much critical acclaim and 10 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira). Apart from Best Director, he also received an award for best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film.
Roma also won Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Best Director and Best Picture at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards among others.