Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón won three Academy Awards this evening for his most recent film Roma, making history for each one of the statuettes he won for Best Cinematography, Best Film in a Foreign-Language, and Best Director.
Cuarón became the first director of photography to score an Oscar for Best Cinematography a movie he also directed; additionally he gave Mexico its first Oscar win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category—after nine wins, and he became the first filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Director for a foreign-language film.
Cuarón’s victory marked the second time he has won the Oscar for Best Director Oscar, after Gravity in 2014. Roma was was the first foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture since Michael Haneke’s Amour in 2012 and the first Spanish-language film to get the nomination. It was the favorite to become the first foreign language film to win the Best Picture award, but ultimately Green Book took the honors.