Entertainment

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

romacuaron / Instagram

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.

CREDIT: Instagram/@romacuaron

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.

CREDIT: Instagram/@romacuaron

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.

CREDIT: Instagram/@romacuaron

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?

CREDIT: Instagram/@romacuaron

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.


READ: A Border Vigilante Hunts Down Immigrants in the Intense Trailer for ‘Desierto’

Have you seen “Roma”? Let us know by sharing this story and commenting in the section below!

Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

Entertainment

Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

alfonsocuaron / Instagram

“Roma” is a classic in the hearts of millions of fans who saw themselves on screen. For Latinos, the movie represents a glimpse of our rich history, the divide of social classes, and a story that deserves to be told. For cinephiles, the film is a work of art directed by one of the best directors of all time. But the story and film are two separate things. It’s a multilayered entity that we are still uncovering today, the hallmark of a classic as it will evolve to stay relevant.

Director Alfonso Cuarón said he began working on “Roma” 12 years ago.

Instagram/@/romacuaron

In an interview with Daily Mail, Cuarón said that he wanted to make a movie about his maid/nanny more than a decade ago. He wasn’t sure how the project or film would take shape, but he knew that he wanted to tell the story of Libo Rodriguez and how she raised Cuarón and his siblings.

This is something Cuarón as always been transparent about in many interviews. The focus of the film, as he has admitted, was to bring out the story of his family and maid in an authentic and honest portrayal.

Four years ago, Cuarón said he asked Libo if he could interview for his project, which, at the time, he called “The Book Of Hours.”

Instagram/@/romacuaron

“The first part was going through her routine, and it was almost a forensic account,” he told the publication. “All the detail was there, like how she would sit on the bed and wake up one of my siblings. We were talking about the bubble I was aware of. The house and my neighborhood.”

Their conversation back then covered everything that she did for them from showing them love, to cleaning up after them, to having “the talk.”

“She was like my parent, and you don’t question your parents about such things,” he said.

Going through these conversations, Cuarón realized the privilege he had by having Libo in his life.

Instagram/@romacuaron

He said he felt immense guilt about their treatment toward her. The film ended up being a way to show his gratitude while also repairing what was broken.

“On the one hand, we’re saying: ‘We love you!” But go and wash the clothes, and bring me a smoothie.” He went on to say, “She had hardships in her life. Hunger when she was a child. And the cold. My experience of hunger then was ‘Oh, we’re late for lunch.'”

“The wound is part of who you are,” he said, “It’s like repairing a crack in a wall. Or, better, mending broken pottery. It’s about repairing yourself. And the end product is more beautiful than the original.”

Cuarón honest depiction of this relationship has stirred emotions within Mexico. The sudden rise in stardom for Yalitza Aparicio forced many in the country to reckon with the ideas around indigenous and non-white Mexicans.

READ: “Roma” Wins Three Oscars At The 2019 Academy Awards

Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

Entertainment

Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

vanessavanjie / Instagram

The mother of all Drag Race exits has left the building once again. And even though we have to say it was a well-deserved elimination (finally!), watching a legendary queen sashay away wasn’t easy.

Miss Vanjie was obviously a fan favorite and people are having all the feels.

Credit: @Ovnivy / Twitter

Even if she was a fan favorite, it’s been pretty well-accepted that Miss Vanjie just didn’t deliver this episode and when you’re in the Top 5, you have to bring it every. single. time.

But let’s start from the top.

As always, the queens return to the workroom after Nina’s elimination. Everyone seems surprised at her elimination and given the tone of their conversation, Nina’s a shoo-in for Miss Congeniality this season.

Silky is still pissed at Brooke for pairing her with Soju for the makeover challenge, but there’s no doubt among the queens that she deserved to be in the bottom.

Both A’keria and Brooke are straight with her about her underwhelming lip-sync since she’s been hyping up her lip-sync skills all season and when finally tested, she was a complete mess.

Yet for some reason, Mother Ru keeps saving her. Like whyyyy?!

Credit: @KIMcBERLY / Twitter

Don’t tell this to the Reverend Doctor or you’re going to have some serious issues but after numerous critiques from the judges, Silky has completely failed to improve.

When it came time for the Lip Sync, Mama Ru went for the ratings and pitted Miss Vanjie against Brooke.

Credit: @KingWithNoLand / Twitter

Each had to perform to the Aretha Franklin classic “Pride: A Deeper Love.”
After what can only be described as a pretty average lip synch, Ru decides to save Brooke and tells Miss Vanjie to sashay away.

But did their “situation-ship” survive the battle?

Credit: @thecharmaine29 / Twitter

According to Miss Vanjie in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, we’ll have to wait until the reunion special to hear the tea on #Branjie, but that video looks pretty clear to us.

Crown or no crown, Vanjie is loved!

Credit: @barbie_ggirl / Twitter

All over social media, Miss Vanjie is getting an outpouring of support and love.

Like, seriously, really truly loved!

Fans are doing all they can to keep #Vanjie trending on Twitter and so far it’s definitely working.

Many though are just glad this is finally an elimination that was decided fairly after the Silky debacle of last week.

Credit: @couchpotatoleah / Twitter

Like, for real Mama Ru, what were you thinking? #BringBackNina

All season long, we’ve been faced with shady eliminations.

Credit: @zbar1127

I mean…Shuga…come on! That was totally wrong.

But ultimately, Mother Ru simply sent Vanjie off to pack for an inevitable return in All-Stars.

And we are here for it. Miss Vanjie has cemented her place in Drag Race fandom and as the first queen eliminated in season 10 to making the top five in season 11….not many could pull off that kind of turnaround.

But for the question you’re all asking…did her exit on Season 11 top her exit on Season 10?

Credit: @bhytesmateo / Twitter

Let’s be real, she was never going to top her iconic first exit, but it was fun to see her go in such a different way this time. “Bring pack that spotlight!”

She may not have made the finale this time, but with a bit more seasoning, Vanjie will be a serious contender wherever she pops up next.

READ: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Have Serious Questions About Shuga Cain’s Unjust Elimination

Paid Promoted Stories