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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Took Home Two Awards At The 2019 Golden Globes

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” is now on Netflix and movie critics and fans cannot get enough of the director’s newest cinematic feat. The film was shown in select theaters around the world and has been receiving resounding praise. It is being predicted that this film will single-handedly dominate the awards show season and it is clear to see why.

“Roma” took home two Golden Globes last night, including for Best Foreign Film.

The film tells the story of Cleo, a maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City. The black-and-white Spanish-language movie with English subtitles is a pure masterpiece. Not just because it was directed by Cuarón, who’s previous films includes “Gravity,” “Children of Men,” and “Y Tu Mamá También,” but because of how it tells such an intimate story.

“Roma” is more poignant because of the central character, an indigenous woman, who struggles like most of us to make money, but more importantly is also with trying to find who she is outside of caring for this family.

The role of Cleo is largely based on Cuarón’s own maid who practically raised him.

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Cuarón told Variety about his reasoning for wanting to make this film and make Cleo the main character.

“I think I wanted to understand, to put the pieces together,” he said. But also added that he realizes there’s a complex dynamic of a brown woman taking care of a white Mexican family. He wanted to capture that nuance behind an almost childlike lens, which is why he shot this movie in black and white digital.

“It was probably my own guilt about social dynamics, class dynamics, racial dynamics,” he told Variety. “I was a white, middle-class, Mexican kid living in this bubble. I didn’t have an awareness. I [had] what your parents tell you — that you have to be nice to people who are less privileged than you and all of that — but you’re in your childhood universe.”

The film first premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Golden Lion Award.

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This award is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival, so right off the bat, it came out swinging.

Since its premiere, “Roma” has already won a slew of awards.

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Here’s just some…

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film

BIFA Award for Best Foreign Independent Film

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer

L.A. Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Roma’ Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography

Also, Best Film in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and at the Philadelphia Film Critics Awards.

All roads clearly lead to the Oscars, right?

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According to the award prediction site Gold Derby, “Roma,” as of now, is not predicted to win Best Picture. Right now it looks as if “A Star Is Born” will win Best Picture, but “Roma” is right behind it.


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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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Equity is coming to the Oscars.

The Academy Awards have long received critique and backlash for their lack of effort to ensure diversity among its nominees. The criticism of these practices dates back to its first show in 1929. Since then, only 6.4% of academy award nominees have been people of color. Since 1991, only 11.2% of the academy’s nominees have been people of color. What’s worse, according to research, white actors have managed to build their careers on winning Oscars for roles in which they played the parts of POC. In fact, more women who are white have won Oscars for brownface and yellowface portrayals of women of color than actual actresses of color.

This year, the Academy is finally making an effort to change.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they made new eligibility requirements for the top prize at the Oscars.

Under the new guidelines for the ceremony’s Best Picture award, films are required to meet two out of four standards. They are: “on-screen representation, themes and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.”

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry,” the Academy said in a statement.

The new changes will be required in the Best Picture category starting with the 96th Academy Award which will air in 2024.

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.

The academy’s newest requirements outline that “films must have at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors represent an underrepresented racial group, with at least 30 percent of all actors in minor roles from underrepresented groups.”

It gets better though! The show will require those submitting projects to ensure diversity and inclusion behind the camera as well. The academy is also encouraging projects to ensure women who are either part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as people with disabilities.

Here’s to a better award show!

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Once again, the Emmy nominations have overlooked the Latino roles that made the years memorable. From Rita Moreno to Mj Rodriguez, there were roles the covered a lot of Latino culture, and yet there was no mention from the Emmys.

The Emmy nominations are out and it is another slap in the face to the Latino community.

Latino representation in Hollywood has been a major issue for decades. Recently, there has been more and more pressure to equalize the representation of media to better reflect society. However, the Emmys still don’t get it. Instead, the only Latino recognized by the Emmys is Alexis Bledel as a Guest Actress in a Drama for “A Handmaid’s Tale.”

However, the J.Lo/Shakira halftime show was nominated for four awards.

The halftime show made history with at least 1,300 calls to the FCC complaining of the perceived overly sexualized nature of the show. Now, the performance is nominated for outstanding variety special (live), outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding lighting design/direction for a variety special and outstanding music direction.

Yet, in the time of “One Day at a Time,” “Vida,” “Gentefied,” and “Pose” how did this happen?

There are so many shows highlighting the evergrowing representation of the complete Latino experience. There are obviously so much more to cover and bring to light, yet with the massive successes of the Latino-led shows right now, many are disappointed in the Emmys clear lack of representation.

“But not Rita Moreno, who has been killing it on One Day at a Time for four seasons. Not Laura Gómez, whose performance in Orange Is the New Black’s excellent final season was alternatively haunting and inspiring — and as timely as it gets,” Laura Bradley wrote for the Daily Beast about Bledel being the lone Latino acting nomination. “Not Melissa Barrera or Mishel Prada of Vida, a series that pushed past stereotypical Latinx stories to discuss deeper, more nuanced issues that pervade our community before it was canceled too soon.”

It is a frustrating reminder to the Latino community that so much work still needs to be done.

Latinos today have shows that they can point to as showing their experience. We have characters and actors we cling to because of their representation. The shows are also successful. “One Day at a Time,” for example, was removed for Netflix and a global effort started to save the show. Twitter was buzzing with people across the globe trying to get Netflix to reverse course on the sudden and devastating cancelation. Fortunately, Pop TV come through and saved the beloved show to keep bring us stories from the Alvarez family.

The Latino community deserves better and we need to keep making noise.

Latinos are a diverse and growing community in the U.S. We have stories that still need to be told and we have stories that are being told. They are being told with authenticity and passion. The lack of Latino representation at the Emmys is something that we are all very aware of. It is necessary to make sure that we all have a seat at the table.

Basically, it is time for the Emmys to do better.

Latino roles are out there and thriving. It is long past time for them to get the recognition they deserve.

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