Oscars: Mexico Selects ‘Roma’ for Foreign-Language Category

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Oscars: Mexico Selects ‘Roma’ for Foreign-Language Category

After winning the Golden Lion at Venice, the acclaimed black-and-white autobiographical drama has been garnering early Oscar buzz.

What seemed like a foregone conclusion was made official on Friday when Mexico selected Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish-language memoir film Roma as its foreign-language Oscar submission.

Based on the rave reviews coming out of Venice and Telluride, the Netflix-distributed Roma is seen as one of the frontrunners to secure a nomination in the category.

Cuaron made Academy Awards history in 2014 when he became the first Mexican-born filmmaker to win a directing Oscar for the space thriller Gravity.

Later, his fellow countrymen and longtime friends Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) triumphed at the Academy Awards with best picture and directing Oscars.

Despite the individual achievements of The Three Amigos, as Cuaron, del Toro and Inarritu are known, Mexico has never brought home an Oscar for best foreign-language film.

Since the mid-1950s, Mexico has landed eight nominations in the category, including the Inarritu drama Biutiful in 2010 and the del Toro’s dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006. Many have high hopes that Cuaron’s Roma will pull it off this time around.