The 57-year-old director took home three Oscars on Sunday, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. His Spanish-language drama, Roma, was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards.
“It’s very sweet, very sweet,” Cuarón said of his wins to ET’s Nischelle Turner at the Governors Ball on Sunday. “On paper, [Roma] is not your traditional Oscar bait and this is the last thing we thought was going to happen while we were doing it.”
“The fact that it is being recognized like that is a testament to Yalitza [Aparicio],” he added. “You know, because this character is from an indigenous background [and it’s] been embraced by audiences from all around the world and if Roma works, it’s because of Yalitza.”
"I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman, one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights," Alfonso Cuarón says. "As artists, our job is to look where others don't." #Oscarshttps://t.co/zSrvQG8ZE6pic.twitter.com/goUlOGIpgJ