“Roma” roars to a Golden Lion win at Venice and “The Favourite” is royally rewarded as is star Olivia Colman

Alfonso Cuaron claimed the coveted Golden Lion at the 75th Venice International Film Festival for his much-lauded “Roma,” a semi-biographical black-and-white neo-realist depiction of middle-class Mexico in the ’70s.

He previously launched “Gravity” at the same event in 2013, which would win seven Academy Awards.What made this year’s moment extra-sweet was that jury president and buddy Guillermo del Toro handed him the honor.

Last year, del Toro was the one who roared his way to a Golden Lion with “The Shape of Water,” which would also end up with a Best Picture Oscar.

Similarly, Alejandro G.

Inarritu who together with the other two directors are known in Hollywood as the Three Amigos showed his “Birdman” in Venice in 2014, and would go on to Best Picture glory as well even if he doesn’t have his own Golden Lion yet.

Perhaps “Roma” will follow suit, especially if Netflix considers a theatrical run.

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