Breaking Through At The Oscars
Entertainment Weekly|February 1 - 8, 2019
Breaking Through At The Oscars

Nominees In Nearly Every Category Represent A Sea Change In The Types Of Stories Being Told In Hollywood Today.

Piya Sinha-Roy

THIS OSCAR SEASON is fast becoming one for the record books as Marvel Studios’ Black Panther becomes the first superhero movie to crack the Best Picture race. But the Wakandan king isn’t the only competitor to make history—a slew of other contenders signal (slow) shifts in a landscape overdue for fresh perspectives.

THE RISE OF ROMA

Mexico’s Roma became the sixth film in Oscar history to land nominations in both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language categories; if Roma wins the latter category, it’ll be the first foreign-language movie to take home the coveted award. It’s a poetic journey for what has been called two-time Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón’s magnum opus. The director dove into his childhood memories to elevate the life of a Mexican housekeeper named Cleo, played by newcomer Yalitza Aparicio. The first time actress also became the first indigenous Mexican to be nominated for Best Actress. “I’m amazed at this nomination from the Academy Awards,” Aparicio tells EW. “I am so happy for Roma to receive [so] many nominations, and for my country.” Her costar Marina de Tavira, who plays Cleo’s erratic employer Sofía, also landed a surprise nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Roma’s 10 Oscar nominations arrive at a critical moment between U.S. and Mexico, given the dispute over building a wall at the nation’s southern border, which has kept the U.S. government partially shut down for a record number of days.

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February 1 - 8, 2019