‘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.
“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.
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.
— Yalitza Aparicio Martínez (@YalitzaAparicio) January 22, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“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?