Cuarón’s Roma wins the Academy Award for CInematography

February 25, 2019
Alfonso Cuarón poses with the winning envelope for achievement in cinematography. Image: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was a three-time Oscar winner at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday 24th February, including the trophy for ‘Best Cinematography’.

The semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker’s upbringing in the nation’s capital, held off competition from The Favourite (DP Robbie Ryan BSC ISC), Cold War (DP Łukasz Żal PSC), A Star Is Born (DP Matthew Libatique ASC) and Never Look Away (DP Caleb Deschanel ASC) to follow Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC’s success last year for Blade Runner 2049.

Read about Cuarón’s work on Roma in our interview HERE

Watch Cuarón picking up his ‘Cinematography’ Oscar below (c/o ABC):

Roma was also a winner in the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, as it tied Green Book – the ‘Best Picture’ winner – and Black Panther for the second-most wins on the night (3), behind Bohemian Rhapsody‘s four.


Full List of Winners at the 91st Academy Awards

Best picture: Green Book
Best actress: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Best actor: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best supporting actress: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best director: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Best original screenplay: Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
Best adapted screenplay: BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
Best animated feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best foreign language film: Roma – Mexico
Best documentary feature: Free Solo
Best original song: Shallow (A Star Is Born) – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Best original score: Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
Best production design: Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
Best costume design: Black Panther – Ruth E Carter
Best cinematography: Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Best visual effects: First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and JD Schwalm
Best make-up and hairstyling: Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney
Best sound editing: Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
Best sound mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
Best film editing: Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
Best animated short: Bao
Best documentary short: Period. End of Sentence.
Best live action short: Skin


5 in a Row? Could there be another Cinematography Oscar winner in British Cinematographer in 2019?

Each of the last four winners for the ‘Best Cinematography’ Oscar at the Academy Awards have featured in British Cinematographer magazine, including Roma, The Revenant (DP Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki AMC ASC), La La Land (DP Linus Sandgren FSF ASC) and Blade Runner 2049 (DP Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC). Next year’s Oscar winner might well feature in an issue of Europe’s No. 1 Cinematography magazine this coming year.

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