Alfonso Cuaron has won the Directors Guild Award for top feature film for Roma.

After accepting his award, while speaking to Deadline backstage he revealed that he was moved most by being presented with the award by his longtime collaborator and friend Guillermo del Toro. 

“It’s just one of those things that are completely unreal,” he said, holding his award. “It’s one of those miracles of life. Your brother, not only in life but also in the film, is the one giving you the award.”

“It’s one of the things that’s touched me the most, and also because it’s the second time in this process. The first was Venice,” he added recalling the Venice Film Festival in which Del Toro had also been present as President of this year’s jury.

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He also explained backstage that his use of the Spanish slang word “cabron” during his speech was as a term of endearment for Del Toro. “Like everything else, it’s a matter of context,” he explained.

Apart from thanking Del Toro, the filmmaker also thanked his fellow nominees and gave a special shoutout to his two Academy Award-nominated actresses during his award acceptance speech.

Roma simply doesn’t exist without the generosity of spirit and effortless grace of Yalitza [Aparicio] and Marina [de Tavira],” he said. “They somehow, with the rest of my beautiful cast managed to bring to life this film from my memory.” 

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