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Street party in Mexico City's Roma district for Cuaron's Oscars

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Published on February 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Street party in Mexico City's Roma district for Cuaron's Oscars

Celebrations in the streets of Mexico City's Roma distric when the eponymous film by Alfonso Cuaron picked up two early Oscars

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Street party in Mexico City's Roma district for Cuaron's Oscars

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Whoops and applause echoed through Mexico City's Roma district when the eponymous film by Alfonso Cuaron picked up two early Oscars on Sunday (February 24), locals returning the love shown in the black-and-white ode to the director's childhood home.

In something of a payback for Cuaron's moving tribute to a childhood growing up in 1970s Roma, city officials set up giant screens in a park.

Three hours ahead of time, dozens were already camping out to watch the live Red Carpet broadcast from Los Angeles.

Valeria Montoya who is from Columbia was at the screening and told Reuters "It's a great honor for cinema, so many Mexicans and Latin Americans who have had nominations to great awards like the Oscards.

I was filled with great pride." Cheers went up in the park when "Roma" won the best foreign language Oscar - a first for Mexico - and director Cuaron won best cinematographer.

Similar scenes played out elsewhere in the city.

Cuaron's depiction of growing up in a nearby, rambling, upper-middle-class Art Deco villa under the warm, unassuming gaze of the family's live-in domestic worker, Cleo, raised difficult questions about the divides in Mexican society.

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