Roma victory at Critics' Choice awards strengthens Oscar hopes

the Guardian | 1/14/2019 | Andrew Pulver
Alfonso Cuarón’s nostalgic evocation of a 1970s Mexican childhood emerged as the big winner at the Critics’ Choice film awards on Sunday, picking up four awards including best film, and solidifying its place as a serious contender for the big Oscar prizes next month.

As well as best picture, Roma won best director and best cinematography for Cuarón personally, and best foreign language film. The Critics’ Choice pick for best picture has coincided with the Oscars’ seven times in the last decade, and as such is seen as a vital indicator for which way the Academy will jump. Despite not being eligible for best picture at the Golden Globes, Roma’s Oscar odds shortened after its three-award performance there, currently at 6/4 for best picture.

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