Cuarón's ROMA Receives 10 Oscar Noms and Becomes the First Latin American Film Nominated for Best Picture

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences  announced this morning the nominations for the 91st edition of the annual Academy Awards,  lead by Mexican film Roma by Alfonso Cuarón in a tie with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Roma’s nominations include one for Best Picture, marking the first time that a Latin American film has ever been nominated for the category. 

Cuarón himself earned four nominations in addition to producer for Best Picture, for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay. Cuarón has previously won in the past two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Editing for his 2013 film Gravity.

Roma was nominated for Best Film in a Foreign Language, giving Mexico its ninth Oscar nomination with no wins yet.

As was largely expected, newcomer Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for Best Lead Actress for her role as Cleo in Roma, becoming the second ever Mexican actress to receive a nomination in this category after Salma Hayek in the 2002 biopic Frida.

To everybody’s surprise, Marina de Tavira was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She joins Mexican actors Adriana Barraza for Babel in 2006 and Katy Jurado in Broken Lance in 1954 as nominees in this category.

Other nominations for Roma include for Best Sound Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Production Design.