Alfonso Cuaron On ‘Roma’s Foreign Language Golden Globe Win: “Cinema Allows Us To Tear Down Walls”


“Cinema at its best allows us to tear down walls and builds bridges to other cultures,” said Alfonso Cuaron in a timely and graceful speech this evening as he accepted the Golden Globe for his Best Foreign Language Film winner Roma. With the Globe, the Mexican director adds to his haul of prizes for the intimate black-and-white reflection on his childhood and the women who surrounded him growing up. This was Cuaron’s second Golden Globe after a win for directing Gravity in 2014 — and he quickly followed it up tonight with another Best Director victory for Roma.

Owing to a quirk of Hollywood Foreign Press Association rules, Roma was not eligible for the Best Film category tonight, but is expected to score nominations in multiple races at the Oscars. The wins tonight are big for Netflix who Cuaron thanked from the stage as a beaming Ted Sarandos sat with the rest of the Roma crew. The streaming service, Cuaron said, has “really made an amazing effort to distribute this film around the world.” He recently told me he believes the movie is getting “a greater theatrical run than if we went a conventional route.”

Cuaron also had a special shout-out tonight for Roma stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira and Nancy García García saying he was “in awe of what they did.” He also was accompanied on the red carpet by Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance which has been working with Cuarón and Participant Media to bring Roma to as many domestic workers across the U.S. as possible.

In his acceptance speech Cuaron further urged, “As we cross these bridges, this experience and these new shapes and faces, we realize that while they may be strange, they are not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common… Gracias familia, gracias Mexico.” Here is the full speech:

The Venice Golden Lion laureate was the one to beat in this category which also included Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Nadine Labaki’s Jury Prize winner Capernaum, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away and Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s debut Girl. The latter is the only one not to have made the Oscar FL shortlist. The HFPA shockingly did not nominate Pawel Pawlikowski’s lauded drama Cold War.

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