“Roma” In Contention For Oscar Glory

Showered with US and UK critics’ awards, with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Sight & Sound magazine naming it the best film of the year, Roma, a Spanish-language black and white film on Netflix, is one of the leading Oscar contenders.

Roma

Roma is one of the leading Oscar contenders. Although according to bookmakers, A Star is Born seems to be the favourite for the Best Picture Oscar, Roma is not far behind, being backed up by the ranking compiled by prediction site Gold Derby.

Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (who also directed Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Roma is a family drama set in the 1970s Mexico and inspired by Cuarón’s own childhood. At the centre of the plot are a housekeeper played by Yalitza Aparicio (who wasn’t a professional actress but has won wide acclaim) and her employer, a middle-class mother played by Marina de Tavira.

The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association, as well as the Philadelphia Film Critics Awards all named Roma as best picture of 2018.

Roma has already earned three Golden Globe nominations, while last month the New York Film Critics Circle named it best film.

Apart from its string of awards, Roma also collected a multitude of five-star reviews, with The Guardian describing it as “an epic of tearjerking magnificence” and The Wrap calling it “a heartfelt masterpiece of mood and nostalgia”.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22, when Roma could make history as the first Netflix film to be up for Best Picture. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will then announce its winners on February 24.

The film can be watched in the UK on the big screen in Curzon cinemas and selected other independent cinemas. Roma will also be available to stream globally on Netflix from Friday, December 14.

Cristina Diaconu
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Cristina is a former film studies and journalism student at the University of Huddersfield. She is passionate about travelling and analogue photography and thinks Friends is the best sitcom of all time.

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