Mexico’s Alfonso Cuarón won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award last night in the Feature Film category for his autobiographical film Roma, marking his second DGA win after he took the top honor five years ago for his high-tech space thriller Gravity, this win is the fifth time in six consecutive years that a Mexican director takes home the award.
Cuarón gave a bilingual acceptance speech, and at the end of it, he turned to his fellow countryman and longtime friend Guillermo del Toro, winner of the same award last year for The Shape of Water, and presented it to him. “I cannot do anything in this film life without Guillermo del Toro,” Cuarón said.
Cuaron’s last night win also becomes the second time ever that a director in a foreign-language production wins the DGA Award for Best Feature FIlm after Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. With this win, Cuarón becomes the top contender to win the Oscar for Best Director. Roma has been nominated in 10 categories for this year’s Academy Awards, including for Best Picture.