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Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Oscar for ‘Roma’

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 25, 2019 13:11

Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Oscar for ‘Roma’

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won the best director Oscar on Sunday for his semiauto biographical film, “Roma,” which also won awards for foreign language film and cinematography.Cuaron paid tribute to the 70 million domestic workers around the world and to indigenous women in his acceptance speech. He also wrote, produced, and co-edited the film, which was made with mostly amateur or little known actors.In a November 2018 Reuters interview, Cuaron called the film “the story of one of the human beings that I love the most. One of the women that raised me.”
Rami Malek won his first Oscar as best lead actor for his portrayal of singer Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant late frontman of the British rock band Queen, in the musical drama “Bohemian Rhapsody.”The film dramatizes the origins of Queen and Mercury’s personal battles, including his struggle with his sexuality and drug and alcohol use. In 1991, he was one of the first British celebrities to die from AIDS, at age 45.In addition to Malek’s win for best actor, the film earned Oscars for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

Britain’s Olivia Colman won a surprise best actress Oscar for her clever performance as an ailing, petulant monarch in historical film “The Favourite”, delighting the audience with a tearful and humorous acceptance speech. It was the first Academy Award and first nomination for Colman, 45, who is one of the most beloved and prolific actresses in British television. Colman also won the Golden Globe and British BAFTA awards for her performance.Stone, sitting near Colman in the Dolby Theatre, also broke into tears as the award was announced, could be seen repeating “oh my God” over and over again.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” wins the Academy Award for Film Editing. The film has already taken home awards in the categories of best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Lady Gaga won her first Oscar for the original song “Shallow” in Hollywood. During the Academy Award’s broadcast, Lady Gaga and her “A Star is Born” director Bradley Cooper gave a powerhouse performance of the duet.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 25, 2019 13:11