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‘Roma’ Leads With Ten Oscar Nominations Including For First Time Actress Yalitza Aparicio

The 91st Academy Awards announced their long list of nominations for films released in 2018 — and Latinos scored in a significant way. “Roma helped Netflix finally break into the Oscars for the first with 10 nominations, including Best Picture.

“Roma” tied with “The Favourite” for the most honors leading with ten Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture.

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“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing ‘Roma’ across these categories,” director Alfonso Cuarón said in a statement, according to CNN. “Human experience is one and the same, and it’s so gratifying that a black and white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world. We are living a great moment in cinema where diversity is embraced by audiences. This kind of visibility pushes our industry forward and creates more opportunity for new voices and perspectives to emerge.”

Yalitza Aparicio, who had never acted before, received a nomination for Best Actress.

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The 25-year-old, former student, working toward being a teacher, tweeted that she had to be woken up and informed the good news. She said that she’s “Extremely happy” and “was not expecting this news.”

Aparcio’s nomination is the only the second time a Mexican actress has received such an honor for Best Actress. In 2002, Salma Hayek scored a nomination for her role in “Frida.”

Aparicio is the first indigenous woman to be nominated for and Oscar for Best Actress.

Safe to say that her nomination is groundbreaking for an industry that has been plagued with diversity blindspots for decades.

Marina de Tavira received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Tavira, who played the role of Sofia, the mother. Tavira is a veteran stage and film actress in Mexico.

Alfonso Cuarón received a nomination for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuarón now has as many Oscar nominations for a single film as two other screen legends including Orson Welles and Warren Beatty. Cuarón is the competitor to beat as he has won most awards he has been nominated for this year as “Roma” continues to dominate the awards shows.

“Roma” is also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

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Early on during the film’s initial release, Cuarón supported the idea of alternatives for movies such as Netflix. He said releasing a movie like “Roma” would have been risky if it would have gone simply through the theaters.

“My question to you is, how many theaters did you think that a Mexican film in black and white, in Spanish and Mixteco, that is a drama without stars — how big did you think it would be as a conventional theatrical release?” Cuarón said during a press conference at the Golden Globes. “I just hope the discussion between Netflix and platforms, in general, should be over. I think those guys, platforms and theatrical, should go together…They both together can elevate cinema, and more important, they can create diversity in cinema.”

The only other nomination for the Latino audience is in Best Animated Feature.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is nominated for Best Animated Feature. The story brings an Afro-Latino into the Spiderman universe and pushes him to the forefront as the main superhero.

Who are you rooting for in the 91st Academy Awards?


READ: 21 Reasons Why You Simply Must Watch Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

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Michelle Obama Will Be Cooking With Kids In Her New Netflix Show

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Michelle Obama Will Be Cooking With Kids In Her New Netflix Show

As if we needed another reason to tune into Netflix, Michelle Obama will be bringing a new cooking show to the streaming giant aimed towards kids. The former First Lady was well-known for her health and fitness initiatives while in the White House and now she’s bringing that same passion to a fun new cooking show.

Michelle Obama launches a new cooking show on Netflix for kids.

The former first lady announced on Instagram that she’s launching a children’s cooking program, called Waffles + Mochi. The show will follow two Muppets-esque puppets – Waffles and Mochi – who dream of becoming chefs. One day, they’re hired by a magical supermarket and embark on a series of far-flung adventures to discover new foods from around the world. They travel to Peru to try potatoes in the Andes, try spices in Italy, and make miso in Japan—finding plenty of friends along the way. According to Netflix, Obama will act as the grocery store’s friendly owner.

The show starts streaming on March 16. Although it’s aimed at children, she says parents will enjoy it too: “I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.”

The show is in many ways an extension of Obama’s platform as First Lady.

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The theme of the show closely aligns with Obama’s “Let’s Move!” public health campaign, which was aimed at curbing childhood obesity. As one of her signature platforms, she tried to lead initiatives that helped families get access to healthy, affordable foods and increase their physical activities.

“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady—and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” Obama wrote on Instagram. “I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world.”

“Waffles + Mochi” is just one of the former First Lady’s many media ventures. Her “Becoming” documentary is already on Netflix, and in 2020, she launched a podcast on Spotify. Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions has a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

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Netflix Has Released Data On Its Top Shows And You Might Be Surprised By The Numbers

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Netflix Has Released Data On Its Top Shows And You Might Be Surprised By The Numbers

The last twelve months have been hugely depressing for society, we confront an international health crisis and political chaos. Meanwhile, Netflix has come to the fore as the way we socialize and source entertainment took a major turn.

With millions around the world forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, streaming platforms became the new normal as cinemas and movie theatres were forced to close their doors. While Netflix is not well known for releasing specific data about their growth, it was confirmed that the company managed to gain as many as 16 million new customers throughout the first three months of 2020 alone.

With larger numbers surely following through the year, Netflix has raised the quality of its content. With a larger desire to create original content, Netflix has released a number of in-house made TV series, mini-series, feature films and documentaries alongside its inclusion of past classics.

Netflix has teased data about its most-streamed content ever.

With that in mind, here are the five Netflix original series to land the biggest launches on the streaming platform, based on the first four weeks’ viewership numbers previously released by the company.

Tiger King – 64 million

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” the viral eight-episode documentary series about breeders of big cats, inspired over 64 million people to tune in for at least two minutes, based on Netflix’s metrics, when the show debuted in March.

Stranger Things – 64 million

The third season of the hit sci-fi series premiered in July 2019 and quickly became the show’s most-watched season debut, with over 64 million people tuning in within four weeks of the season becoming available to stream, Netflix said.

La Casa de Papel – 65 million

The fourth season of the foreign crime drama (known as “La Casa de Papel” in Spain), about thieves attempting to rob the Royal Mint of Spain, premiered on Netflix in April and the company said that 65 million households checked out the season.

Lupin – 70 million

The show has been well-received by viewers and critics, as it currently sports a 93% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. “Lupin” is Netflix’s most successful original series to come out of France, but it is also found an audience around the world, with Variety reporting that the series has the top spot in Netflix’s Top 10 rankings in multiple countries, including Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Philippines and Sweden.

The Witcher – 76 million

After eight-episode series “The Witcher” debuted in December 2019, Netflix touted the fantasy epic as “our biggest season one TV series ever” in a letter to shareholders, with 76 million households tuning in for at least two minutes of the show within the first four weeks.

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