ROMA: The Awards Season Journey of a Revolutionary Film
“ROMA’s on Netflix, what’s next? My microwave makes a movie?” Tina Fey.
ROMA made waves this awards season. The film’s beautiful depiction of an overlooked societal problem in Mexico caught the attention of the world. It’s choice of viewing platform initially stirred up discussions from the public of whether the film should qualify for certain awards given it never played in theaters. Times are changing though and ROMA is a great example. It left us with great advancements for better representation, a great sense of pride and the reality that streaming media has become our norm.
Let’s do a quick recap of Cuarón and the ROMA cast’s journey throughout the awards season shall we?
This season’s red carpets were filled with interviews on Yalitza’s character, and Spanish – there were a lot of Spanish speaking moments. Much like in the movie, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio were a team and off-screen Marina acted as her co-star’s translator. Beautiful pair of Mexican talent.
Siempre orgullosos, jamás inorgullosos. #Oscars
Foto: Rick Rowell/ABC pic.twitter.com/yNl4wmvSVu
— Netflix Latinoamérica (@NetflixLAT) February 24, 2019
ROMA was nominated multiple times, taking home Best Director across the biggest award ceremonies.
The winning speeches and friendly introductions
The heartfelt speeches added to the social awareness and positive sentiment towards the film, the cast and everything it stands for.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 7, 2019
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 11, 2019
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 25, 2019
“This is for you too, Chivo” says Cuarón while accepting the Oscar for Best Cinematography and becoming the first director to win the award for shooting his own film! #Oscars2019 #VivaMexicoCuarones pic.twitter.com/Ut3uAOOzM9
— La Guarimba FilmFest (@La_Guarimba) February 25, 2019
Support was felt all around: #VivaMexicoCuarones
— mardy bum?✨ (@abbymisboring) February 25, 2019
— Ireri Villavicencio♞ (@esmexicana) February 25, 2019
— Cuestione (@cuestione) February 25, 2019
“Reventón masivo”, Cuarón invita a vivir los Oscar en el #ROMAFest desde el Monumento a la Revolución
— Webcams de México (@webcamsdemexico) February 24, 2019
Awards season might be over but the movement continues. Follow #ROMATON and #ROMAfest for ROMA inspired events benefiting women workers to guarantee fair jobs, dignity and respect in the workplace through the CACEH organization.
ROMA was based on Cuarón’s childhood memories – have you thought what your ROMA movie would be? Share your story below. You might be the next Latinx Oscar winner….you never know 😉
#ROMATON #ROMAfest #CuarósChildhood