Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ a top winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Alfonso Cuaron accepts the award for Best Director for ‘Roma’ at the Critics Choice Award in Santa Monica January 14, 2019. — Reuters pic
Alfonso Cuaron accepts the award for Best Director for ‘Roma’ at the Critics Choice Award in Santa Monica January 14, 2019. — Reuters pic

SANTA MONICA, Jan 14 — Hollywood’s award season was in full swing late yesterday, with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma — an ode to the director’s childhood in 1970s Mexico City — the big winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Roma won trophies for best picture, best foreign-language film, and for both director and cinematography for Cuaron.

“This bunch of Mexicans are not as bad as sometimes they are portrayed,” said Cuaron said, a reference to President Donald Trump’s hardline rhetoric on immigration.

Shot in black and white, and filmed in Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec language, Roma is a semi-autobiographical chronicle of a year in the life of Cuaron’s family and his childhood nanny.

Roma — the title a reference to a posh Mexico City neighbourhood — earlier won two Golden Globes and is a leading contender for an Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

Christian Bale, who portrayed former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice, won awards in the Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy categories, while Glenn Close (The Wife) and Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) jointly won in the Best Actress category.

Mahershala Ali (Green Book) walked away with a Best Supporting Actor win, while Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) won for Best Supporting Actress.

Offbeat 18th century royal romp The Favourite won the award for Best Acting Ensemble, while its star Olivia Colman won the Best Actress in a Comedy award.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Best Animated Feature award, beating out stiff competition from Pixar-Disney’s The Incredibles 2, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, and director Wes Anderson’s quirky Isle of Dogs.

Tom Cruise vehicle Mission: Impossible — Fallout won the Best Action Movie award, beating Marvel-Disney box office blockbusters Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars.

The multi-nominated Black Panther however won awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Crazy Rich Asians won in the Best Comedy category, beating out The Favourite and The Death of Stalin, among others.

Seen as a barometer for the Oscars, the Critics’ Choice Awards also includes awards for the best of television.

The Americans took the award for Best Drama Series, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took the Best Comedy Series award, with its star Rachel Brosnahan winning in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category. — AFP

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