The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. This year’s Oscars have created a history for Marvel Studios and Mexico since Superhero movie Black Panther and Alfonso Cuaron directed Roma, films have picked up three awards apiece. It has also won in costume design, production design, and original score. Black Panther gave Marvel its first Academy Award.
Mexico got its first Oscar in the category of foreign language film lineup brought up by Roma. Cuaron being film’s writer-director has won two more awards for his direction and cinematography at the 2019 Oscars. He is being the first director of photography to win an Academy Award for a film he directed, and it is a history for himself.
While receiving the 2019 Oscar for best foreign language film for Roma, Cuaron said that “I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them and being inspired.” “Films like Citizen Kane, Jaws, Rashomon, The Godfather, and Breathless. Claude Chabrol said, ‘There are no waves, there’s only the ocean.’ I think that the nominees tonight have proven that we are part of the same ocean.” When he was asked about the book the New wave.
After accepting the Oscar award for best director for Roma, Cuaron thanked the cast, crew and Netflix, and said: “Being here doesn’t get old, I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered on an indigenous woman, one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights, a character that has historically been relegated in the background in cinema. As artists, our job is to look where others don’t. This responsibility becomes much more important in times when we are being encouraged to look away.”
He added to his speech for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Roma, Cuaron also thanked his frequent collaborator Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, with whom he couldn’t work with on Roma since he was unavailable.
He also said “If this film was created by my own memories, the film was crafted through the memories of what this great master of cinematography has given to us. It is well-known that in Billy Wilder’s office there was a sign that said, ‘what would [Ernst] Lubitsch have done?’ And for me, it was, ‘what would Chivo Lubezki have done?’ So, this is for you, too, Chivo.”
It has made history for African-American women for the three wins for Black Panther, thanks to Ruth E. Carter’s win in the costume design category at the 2019 Oscars and she became the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award in that space.
“Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said in her award acceptance speech.
“It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead onscreen. Thank you to my crews around the world who helped brings Wakanda to life. Our genius director, Ryan Coogler, you are a guiding force. Thank you for your trust and understanding my role in telling the African-American story.”
Black Panther, composer Ludwig Goransson has won the 2019 Oscar for Best Original Score and reflected on his college days with director Coogler and said: “Ryan, working with you has been an incredible honor. I remember 12 years ago we were sitting in our dorm at USC writing the score for your first short film and we’re here twelve years later, you know, celebrating one of the most important cinematic moments in history. I want to share this award with all the incredible African artists that I worked with on the score, Baaba Maal, Massamba Diop and all the classical musicians in London that recorded on the score.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the 2019 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, and it was the first win for Sony Pictures Animation at the Academy Awards.