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Roma: First Ever Foreign Language Film To Win Best Picture At The Oscars?

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Even with all its Glory Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma could not get the eligibility pass to compete in the best picture drama Race at the Golden Globes 2019. A de facto list of historic rules dictate that for any film with dialogues not in English, there are no open seats at the Golden Globes. Yet the film achieved big by bringing home to awards for Netflix one for direction and the other for the best foreign scorer respectively. Even though the film has been continuously denied physical accolades into language restrictions, it is still being celebrated universally on the critical basis.

Roma To Become Oscar’s First Foreign Language Film To Win As The Best Picture Drama?

Things; however, now look encouraging for the drama film. The masterpiece by Alfonso Cuarón will soon receive its due share in a highly anticipated Oscar nomination. The Oscars work differently than any other awards show, thus Roma is eligible to fall in the list of the best picture drama nominees at the 91st Academy Awards. A total of 10 predecessors have been previously fortunate enough to land an Oscars nod. No foreign language film has bagged a best picture award yet. But now it appears that with Netflix campaigning strongly for Roma the scenario will soon change.

Roma Is A Cornerstone For The Netflix Vs. Theater Debate

Roma has been a major game changer for the viewing standards of movies. Roma had only a limited theatrical run. In fact, it did not gain its major promotional kick from the streaming service until when the Oscars 2019 started drawing closer. In an interview director Alfonso Cuarón dawned upon that how the turnabout of audience would have been different if the prime focus would have been to make Roma a conventional cinematic experience.

Cuarón defended the release of Roma on both the platforms almost simultaneously, emphasizing on the importance of each platform. For the director, the difference in stage does not mean death for independent cinema. In fact different pieces call for varied treatments. For some movies even if the complete theatrical experience comes only in a cinema. But even for them, the emotional impact can still be effectively communicated through a laptop screen.

Expectations From Alfonso Cuaron And The Oscars 2019

The film, which stars Yalitza Aparicio as a domestic worker named Cleo, is based on Cuarón’s own upbringing. Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, exhilarating control of his thematic finesse. He tells, through Roma the most endearing, personal story of his career. The critical acclaim bodes well for the film’s performance at the Oscars 2019.

Though, we are still pleased to know how Oscars 2019 are paying more attention to foreign films.

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