Alfonso Cuaron has another successful stop on his road to the Academy Awards.

The “Roma” auteur won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film during Saturday’s 71st Annual Directors Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. This follows his Golden Globes win for Best Director earlier this month.

The other nominees this year were Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born”, Peter Farrelly for “Green Book”, Spike Lee for :BlacKkKlansman” and Adam McKay for “Vice”.


Three of the five Directors Guild nominees will continue on to this year’s Oscars, where Cuaron, Lee and McKay are nominated for Best Director alongside Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”) and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”).

In the last decade, the DGA winner and Academy Award winner have lined up every year except one. (In 2012, when Ben Affleck won the Directors Guild Award for Argo and Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi”.) Cuaron previously won both awards in 2013, for “Gravity”.

With “Roma”, Cuaron is receiving accolades for his most personal film yet.

“The whole film is a long flashback of my childhood,” he told ET at the movie’s premiere. “The film was based on memory. I was not only recreating moments, but [we] were shooting them in the place where they took place and reproducing the spaces to the inch and also cast people that look alike to the original people 40 years ago. So, it was kind of an odd experience reliving those moments.”


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