Everything about 'Roma' & its breakout star Yalitza Aparicio


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Alfonso Cuarón has done it again. The Academy Award winner has once again written and directed a complete masterpiece with Roma. The Netflix drama has been taking over awards season by storm and took home two trophies at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards on January 6. It also made history with its 10 Oscar nominations, which were announced on Tuesday, January 22. 

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The movie has been causing quite a buzz since it premiered on the streaming service on November 21, 2018. Part of its charm has been its star, newcomer Yalitza Aparicio. The remarkable film centers around the day to day life of Cleo, a live-in maid in a middle-class Mexican family, and its based on the director's own childhood and his life with his nanny. 

The movie is leading the pack of nominees this year with a whopping 10 Oscar nominations.

The nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 22. The director reacted to the news on the film's Instagram page: "The most honored film of the year. Now nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. #ROMACuarón." The film was nominated in the Best Director, Best Picture, Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing categories. 

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Yalitza received a historic Oscar nomination for her role as Cleo.

Yalitza received a historic Oscar nomination for her role as Cleo.

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She became the first Indigenous actress to receive a Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category. Her nomination is also only the second Best Actress nomination for a Mexican actress, following Salma Hayek's for her role in Frida. She opened up to the New York Times about what she hopes people take away from her nomination. "Most specifically for people to take away that anyone can do this, that anyone can actually go after their dreams," she told the newspaper. "That you’re not limited by your race or your class or your ethnicity or your socioeconomic conditions, but that really there is room for everybody."

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She shared her heartwarming reaction to the news on Instagram.

She tuned into the livestream of the announcements early Tuesday morning from Mexico, and shared the adorable video of her reaction on Instagram. In the clip, she is heard screaming and crying after her name was the first to appear on the scream. "Extremely happy when I woke up so early today, (of course, at the time here) I didn't expect this news."

Alfonso will be battling for the Best Director trophy again this year.

Alfonso will be battling for the Best Director trophy again this year.

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The nominees for the 2019 Oscars were announced on January 22, and he was among those nominated this year in the Best Director catergory. The Mexican filmmaker reacted to the news in an interview with the Associated Press, saying: "Cinema needs the opportunity to be diverse. What mainstream cinema and the theatrical experience has lacked in general is diversity. And I’m talking about diversity in terms of stories and characters and ways of doing films.” Alfonso became the first Hispanic and Mexican to win the Academy Award for Best Director in 2013 for his movie, Gravity.

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Marina De Tavira's Oscar nomination came as a big surprise.

The Mexican star received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Sofía in Roma. While she did a phenomenal job in the film, her Oscar nomination wasn't expected since she didn't receive one previously for the 2019 Golden Globes

Netflix took a gamble with 'Roma' and it paid off.

The black-and-white drama premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2018 and it is fully in Spanish. The Spanish-language film became Netflix's first-ever project to get an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category. 

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The director promoted the trailer in November 2018.

The movie is based in the 1970s in Mexico City and it follows a year in the life of a full-time maid named Cleo (who is played by Yalitza Aparicio) who works for a middle class family.

The role in Roma is Yalitza's first acting role.

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The newcomer has been getting so much attention for her incredible acting debut. She beat out 3,000 other women who auditioned for the role, and was studying to be a preschool teacher at the time. The Cleo character is based on Alfonso's childhood nanny--an indigenous woman named Liboria “Libo” Rodríguez from the village of Tepelmeme in the state of Oaxaca--who helped raise him from when he was 9 months old. 

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Alfonso posed with his two trophies at the Golden Globes.

Alfonso posed with his two trophies at the Golden Globes.

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The Netflix film was nominated three times for the Golden Globes on Sunday, June 6. The Y Tu Mamá También director took home two awards Director of a Motion Picture and one for Foreign Language Film. The film lost in the Screenplay of a Motion Picture category, for which Green Book took home the trophy.

 
 

Yalitza has become a fan favorite on the red carpet.

Yalitza has become a fan favorite on the red carpet.

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The actress has been rocking some killer dresses and outfits while promoting the movie and has become a fan-favorite on the red carpets. She completely dazzled at the Golden Globes in a sparkly silver gown with a matching crown.

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Since its premiere, the movie has been sweeping up awards.

Since its premiere, the movie has been sweeping up awards.

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It took home the award at the British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film is also expected to be a favorite at this year's 2019 Academy Awards. 

 
 
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The film is available now on Netflix.

The movie premiered on November 21, 2018, on the streaming service and also had a limited release in movie theaters. Watch the full trailer above and head over to Netflix to watch now before the Oscars air on Sunday, February 24. 

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