Director, writer, producer and cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón has issued the below reaction in response to Roma’s 10 Academy Award nominations, alongside statements from acting nominees Yalitza Aparizo and Marina De Tavira.
Roma’s 10 nominations are for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Leading Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress for Marina de Tavira, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Design, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Screenplay.
- Alfonso Cuarón made Oscar history by becoming the first person to earn Best Cinematography and Best Director nominations in the same year for the same movie.
- ROMA producer Gabriela Rodriguez has become the first Hispanic woman to ever receive a best picture Oscar nomination.
- Yalitza Aparicio is the second actress nominated for a debut performance in a spoken language other than English.
- Alfonso Cuarón is the fourth person to receive four nominations in four different award categories for the same film.
- This is the second Best Picture nomination for Alfonso Cuarón, who was nominated in 2013 for Gravity, his second nomination in the best director category, his third nomination in writing, and his tenth overall, including his nominations this year.
- He was nominated for the original screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and in the Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay categories for Children of Men (2006). In 2013 he won Oscars in the Directing and
- Film Editing categories for Gravity, for which he also received a Best Picture nomination.
- With ten nominations, ROMA has tied the record held by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) for the most nominations received by a foreign language film.
- It is the tenth foreign language film nominated for Best Picture. ROMA is the fifth film to be nominated for both Foreign Language Film and Best Picture in the same year. Each of the previous four (Z, 1969; Life Is Beautiful, 1998; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000; Amour, 2012) won for Foreign Language Film but not Best Picture.
- For the first time, two directors of films nominated in the Foreign Language Film category (Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War and Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA) have received Directing nominations.
Cuarón commented on today’s news “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing ROMA across these categories. Human experience is one in 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. It is a testament of how late we’re arriving to this moment, in which stories of the invisible among us — the domestic workers and indigenous women — are put at the center of our narratives. I share this with my cast, crew, producers, and most importantly, with my family and Mexico.”
Also two of the stars of the film also commented – “As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen. I am eternally grateful to the Academy for recognizing ROMA and am honored to be part of Alfonso’s vision. Congratulations to Alfonso, the entire cast and crew, and my dear friend Marina De Tavira. I am so humbled and honored. Thank You.” – Yalitza Aparicio, Nominee for Best Leading Actress, ROMA
“I’m so honored with this nomination, thank you to The Academy for this breathtaking recognition. Forever grateful to Alfonso Cuarón for trusting me with this beautiful character and thank you to Netflix for making this movie visible throughout the world. I share this with Yalitza and with all of the incredible team that worked on ROMA.” – Marina de Tavira, Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, ROMA
Amazing to think even last year there was outspoken voices at Netflix films been screened at Film Festivals. Now we have Netflix Original films now battling for the major film awards and rightly so! Past couple of years the streaming giants have shown their passion and spending to get some of the best in the industry to direct and star in their films. Now they are starting to reap the awards of their hard work.