Mexican Filmmakers are Having a Historic Decade at the Oscars

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“Roma” may have earned Mexico its first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but the country has been dominating the Best Director race at the Academy Awards for much of the last decade. Cuarón’s victory continued an unprecedented run of wins for Mexican filmmakers. In the last six years, the Oscar for Best Director has gone to a Mexican filmmaker five times: Cuarón in 2014 for “Gravity,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” in 2015 and 2016, Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water” in 2018, and Cuarón again this year.

Cuarón, del Toro, and Iñárritu, collectively known as the Three Amigos, have singlehandedly turned Mexico into an Oscars powerhouse in the last six years. Cuarón’s 2013 win for “Gravity” was the first time a Mexican filmmaker won the Best Director Oscar, and since then the Three Amigos have owned the category. The one break came in 2017 when Damien Chazelle won the prize for “La La Land.”

Thanks largely to the Three Amigos, the 2010s is already the most inclusive decade when it comes to Oscar winners for Best Director.

'Roma' received three Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film and Cuaron's record breaking wins for Best Cinematography and Best Director, he was the first DP to be nominated for a film he also directed. 

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It was an amazing night for women at the 2019 Academy Awards. 

A total of 15 talented female creatives took home the coveted golden statuette at Sunday's ceremony, the most in Oscar history. From Lady Gaga winning Best Original Song for "Shallow," to Ruth E. Carter being awarded the Best Costume Design trophy for Black Panther, women led the way this year in a handful of the top creative categories.

The previous record held for most female wins in a ceremony was 12, which came both in 2007 and 2015. This tremendous feat comes just one year after only six women earned Oscars.

See all the extraordinary women who won big at this year's Oscars, below.

1. Olivia Colman -- Best Actress for The Favourite

2. Regina King -- Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk

3. Lady Gaga -- Best Original Song (shared) for"Shallow" from A Star Is Born

4. Ruth E. Carter -- Costume Design for Black Panther

5. Hannah Beachler -- Best Production Design (shared) for Black Panther

6 & 7. Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi -- Best Documentary for Period. End of Sentence.

8 & 9. Becky Neiman-Cobb and Domee Shi -- Best Animated Short Filmfor Bao

10 & 11. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Shannon Dill -- Best Documentary Feature (shared) for Free Solo

12. Nina Hartstone -- Best Sound Editing (shared) for Bohemian Rhapsody

13. Jaime Ray Newman -- Best Live Action Short Film (shared) for Skin

14 & 15. Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney -- Best Makeup and Hairstyling (shared) for Vice

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