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.
Yalitza received a historic Oscar nomination for her role as Cleo.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
Alfonso posed with his two trophies at the Golden Globes.
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 graced the cover of Vogue Mexico.
In preparation to the film's release, the actress posed for Vogue Mexico in December and looked so beautiful!
Since its premiere, the movie has been sweeping up awards.
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.
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.