Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, the protagonist of Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed film Roma, has been nominated for the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. A preschool teacher in the southern state of Oaxaca, Aparicio made her cinematic debut in the role of Cleo, a housekeeper working and living with a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City.
Aparicio will be competing for the Gotham Award against Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade, Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline, KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk, and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Leave No Trace. In 2009, Chilean actress Catalina Saavedra became the winner of the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for her starring role as Raquel in Sebastián Silva’s The Maid / La nana.
Presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, the 2018 Gotham Awards will take place on November 26.