Alfonso Cuaron on path to Oscar victory after Directors Guild win

Agence France-Presse
Cuaron wins the top prize from the Directors Guild of America

DGA WINNER. 'Roma'  director Alfonso Cuaron poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron on Saturday, February 2, scooped the Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for Roma a strong indicator he will be named best director at the Oscars in three weeks’ time.

Roma, a highly personal ode to Cuaron’s own childhood in 1970s Mexico City, is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best director. (FULL LIST: Oscars 2019 nominees)

Cuaron received the top prize on Saturday from compatriot Guillermo del Toro, who won last year for The Shape of Water.

Cuaron, who won the same accolade for Gravity in 2014, thanked stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tariva, along with the rest of the cast for bringing a memory to life. (READ:’Roma’ review: Towering achievement)

“Thank Libo [the domestic worker who inspired the film], my mother and my country, the real architect of Roma,” he added.

The acclaimed director beat out Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Adam Mckay (Vice), Peter Farrelly (Green Book), and Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born).

Cuaron is the second director to be awarded the prize for a foreign language film: Ang Lee won in 2000 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The DGA short list is considered an Oscars bellwether. Last year’s DGA winner, Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), went on to win the same prize at the Oscars and the film took best picture honors.