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“Roma” Wins Three Oscars At The 2019 Academy Awards

Last night’s Oscars was all about Alfonso Cuarón and his film “Roma.” The 91st Academy Awards recognized “Roma” with ten nominations, the most of all films, and yet the main category that mattered was Best Actress.

Yalitza Aparicio’s historic nomination — the first Mexican indigenous actress to ever be nominated for an Oscar — had everyone watching in anticipation, including those in her hometown of Ttlaxiaco, Oaxaca in Mexico.

While Roma didn’t take home every Oscar it was nominated for, the cast and crew did not go home empty handed.

Alfonso Cuarón won for Best Director.

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Fellow Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro presented Cuarón with the award saying that he was feeling sick but he was not going to miss the big night. It’s a good thing he showed up. He was elated to hand the big award to his friend.

“Being up here doesn’t get old,” Cuarón said.

Unfortunately, Aparicio lost for Best Actress, but there’s no denying she looked beautiful.

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She wore a stunning Rodarte gown. Clearly she and her mother were over the moon when they had a chance to meet Diego Luna while walking the red carpet.

Obviously, she would take her mom as her date.

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“I realize that being a teacher and being an actress can be quite similar. We can teach the world through the presentation of this film,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” while on the red carpet.

Marina de Tavira also helped Aparicio with translating her interviews during the red carpet.

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From the very beginning of this movie’s release, de Tavira and Aparicio have been promoting it side-by-side, which is why seeing them together on the red carpet was even more special. Not only were they accompanying each other, but de Tavira was kind enough to be her translator.

The entire cast of “Roma” attended the award show.

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We are so glad they could all partake in the festivities, especially actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero who had issues getting his visa approved to come to the U.S.

De Tavira lost for Best Supporting Actress to Regina King.

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People we upset that the leading ladies of “Roma” were denied their win, but Cuarón thanked them each time he went on stage.

Alfonso Cuarón won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

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“Thank you very much, Mexico. My family,” Cuarón said.

“Roma” also took Best Foreign Film.

“You know, I grew up watching foreign language films. Films like ‘Jaws’ and ‘Citizen Kane'” Cuarón said to the crowd and then went on to thank Aparicio and de Tavira.

We’re so happy for “Roma” and everyone involved with the film!

READ: Latinos Have A Long History Of Being Nominated At The Academy Awards With Some Major Wins

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Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s Waiting For A Role That Won’t Pigeonhole ‘Because of Appearance”

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Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s Waiting For A Role That Won’t Pigeonhole ‘Because of Appearance”

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Since the start of her acting career, Oaxacan actress Yalitza Aparicio has been sure to see that her work helps uphold her community. While many actors on the rise tend to focus on racking up more acting roles and fame, Aparicio has been much more vocal about her desire to focus on her advocacy and work for organizations like Cine Too. What’s more, ensuring that she secures proper representation for Indigenous people like herself.

While Aparicio first made headlines and won our hearts with her performance in the 2018 film Roma the Indigenous actress has yet to appear in another role on screen.

It turns out, it isn’t for a lack of offers.

Speaking with Indie Wire about her career, Aparicio has said that she is taking her time to find a role that properly represents her and her community.

“My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long,” Aparicio claimed in a recent interview with IndieWire. “The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance.”

Aparicio, who is 26-years-old, was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, rocketed to fame when she took on the role of Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2018 movie Roma. The film, which was nominated for various Academy Awards followed Aparicio as Cleo a housekeeper who works in a wealthy household in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma. Aparicio’s role brought her praise not just for her skills but for her role in solidifying a much-needed portrayal of Mexico’s Indigenous community.

Still, despite the praise and fame, the role brought her, Aparicio is adamant that her next role will be something greater.

“I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence, the population — especially the children that grow up in those communities — has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form,” she explained in her interview. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here,”

In her interview, Aparicio points out that while she is very aware that Indigenous filmmakers and allies “have a complicated job because these things can’t be changed overnight,” she is still pushing for real change.

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” she asserted. “We can show people that the only limits are within us.”

Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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There are few queer characters the people can point to in the past as being someone that changed their lives. Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on “Glee,” is one of them. Even if you’ve never watched “Glee,” Rivera’s character touched you because of how that representation is so important and empowering.

Naya Rivera’s place in LGBTQ+ media representation will be her long-lasting legacy.

Rivera brought us Santana Lopez, a queer Latina navigating the world of high school in a small town. For many, this kind of representation was so rare and often poorly done that Rivera’s command of the role was impactful. You didn’t have to be an avid viewer of the show to understand and appreciate the magnitude of Santana Lopez.

Rivera brought our experience directly to the mainstream and forced our own classmates to think about the way they saw queer people.

Rivera’s ability to capture the awkwardness and terror of being a closeted queer student in high school still resonates. It is a piece of nostalgia that is so deeply ingrained in queer people that it’s hard not to be emotional about Rivera’s sudden and tragic death.

Who can forget the moment Santana used “Landslide” to tell Brittany that she loved her.

The emotion of a love that is not easy to confess and live authentically is real. Ask any queer person you know about coming to terms with her sexuality in high school and you will hear about the fear and excitement. You will hear about the strategic allyships that epitomize the constant battle between being open and staying safe.

Rivera was more than an actress, she was an ally and advocate during her time on “Glee.”

Season 2, when Rivera’s feelings for Brittany (played by Heather Morris) grew, aired from 2010 to 2011. It was a time when marriage equality was not nationwide. Some states still barred same-sex couples from adopting children. Yet, queer high school and college students had a chance to see their experience mirrored because of Rivera’s insistence.

Rivera’s death is a major loss for the queer community that got our strength and courage from her.

Knowing that all of the “Glee” fans were rooting for and falling in love with Santana Lopez gave us a chance to breathe and feel accepted. Adding her Latina heritage was so important. Queer people of color, who have faced increased scrutiny from their own families, had someone representing them completely and sincerely.

Demi Lovato paid tribute by remembering the time she played Santana Lopez’s girlfriend.

The queer Latina love was not lost on fellow queer Latinos. Lovato herself was not out about her sexuality at the time and she admits in her post that Rivera inspired her. Rivera’s efforts to give the character an accurate and respectful storyline will forever be praised and admired as a fully realized manifestation of our experience.

Thank you for being someone we didn’t know we needed, Naya.

Our hearts are broken and our eyes are wet. We send love and hope to your loved ones. Rest in power, mija. We love you and will never forget what you did for our community.

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