Making Mexican Waves
Director, writer, producer and cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón has issued the below reaction in response to ROMA’s 10 Academy Award nominations, alongside statements from fellow producer Gabriela Rodriguez, acting nominees Yalitza Aparizo and Marina De Tavira, and Skip Lievsay, who is nominated for both sound categories…
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.
“Thank you to the Academy for recognising 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.”
Alfonso Cuarón, Nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Roma
“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
“Thank you to The Academy for recognizing ROMA, a project that was personal to not only Alfonso, but our entire cast and crew. I am incredibly honored to have been part of such an amazing production team alongside Alfonso Cuarón and Nicolás Celis. We poured our hearts into making this movie, and the fact that it is resonating with people around the world is beyond gratifying. I’m so thrilled to share this moment with Yalitza, Marina and our entire team.” – Gabriela Rodriguez, Nominee for Best Picture, ROMA
MARINA DE TAVIRA
“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
“I’m very happy to be recognized by our colleagues and the Academy, truly a great honor! I’m thrilled for my crew- Craig Henighan and Sergio Diaz, Alfonso Cuarón and the entire ROMA team. People are seeing the film in Dolby Atmos, and it’s gratifying that it is being received so well by audiences. Thank you.” -Skip Lievsay, Nominee for Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing, Roma
The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013.
Here’s the trailer for Roma