The touching black-and-white drama “Roma” that follows a domestic worker for a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City won the Oscar for best foreign language film Sunday.

Director Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal film with dialogue in Spanish and Mixtec gave Mexico its long-sought statuette in the foreign film category.

The Netflix-produced film was inspired by Cuaron’s own youth.

Yalitza Aparicio, right, congratulates Alfonso Cuaron in the audience as he is announced the winner of the award for best cinematography for
Yalitza Aparicio, right, congratulates Alfonso Cuaron in the audience as he is announced the winner of the award for best cinematography for “Roma” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The film beat four other contenders that also told the stories of individuals and families facing tumultuous social and historical times.

Alfonso Cuaron accepts the award for best cinematography for
Alfonso Cuaron accepts the award for best cinematography for “Roma” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Alfonso Cuaron arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Alfonso Cuaron arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Tess Bu Cuaron, from left, Alfonso Cuaron, and Olmo Teodoro Cuaron arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Tess Bu Cuaron, from left, Alfonso Cuaron, and Olmo Teodoro Cuaron arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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