- Netflix’s “Roma” won Oscars on Sunday night for cinematography and directing and was named best foreign film.
- The cinematography win for Alfonso Cuarón marked the first time a director won for shooting his or her own movie.
- It was also the second black-and-white movie to win for cinematography after black-and-white and color movies were combined into the same category.
- It was the first Mexican movie to be named best foreign film.
- Cuarón also won for best director.
It was quite an Oscar night for Netflix and its movie “Roma.”
Alfonso Cuarón’s semiautobiographical look at his childhood growing up in Mexico City won Oscars for cinematography and directing and was named best foreign film. Some of those wins were historic.
Cuarón’s win for shooting “Roma” made him the first director to win an Oscar for shooting his or her own movie. And the movie was just the second black-and-white film to win the award since black-and-white and color movies combined in the category over 50 years ago. The other winner was “Schindler’s List” in 1994.
“Roma” also became the first Mexican movie to be named best foreign film.
Cuarón also won for best director. It was his second time winning in that category after 2014’s “Gravity.”
But the movie could not get the night’s big award. It lost best picture to “Green Book.” Netflix, which made a big push into original movies last year, has never won the Academy’s top prize.