cuaronAlfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the best foreign language film and best director honors at the Golden Globes.

Cuaron based the film on a nanny who raised him in the 1970s in Mexico and he said during his acceptance speech on Sunday night that he was in awe of the film’s two lead actresses, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio.

The black-and-white period piece set in Mexico City likely would have been a favorite for the best drama picture, but the awards’ rules made it ineligible. “Roma” beat out the other nominees including the Japanese film “Shoplifters,” the Lebanese film “Capernaum,” the Belgium film “Girl,” and the German film “Never Look Away.”

The Oscar-winning Mexican director spoke about how the best cinema “tears down walls and builds bridges” to other cultures.

The director thanked his family and thanked Mexico.

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