1208 GMT November 12, 2019
Alfonso Cuaron's ‘Roma’ has triumphed yet again, this time racking up a slew of awards in the filmmaker's native Mexico, The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
‘Roma’, the semi-autobiographical story revolving around Cuaron's indigenous childhood nanny, walked away with 10 of Mexico's Ariel Awards on Monday night, including nods for best picture, directing, cinematography and original screenplay.
Due to family matters Cuaron was unable to attend the event held in Mexico City, where his passion project ‘Roma’ was shot, but he sent along a pre-recorded video message.
"I am sad that I cannot be there with you tonight to close out the circle of ‘Roma’," he said. "I feel profoundly moved, appreciative and proud to belong to a community known throughout the world for its fraternity, solidarity and generosity."
Cuaron had not won an Ariel since his 1991 feature film debut ‘Solo Con Tu Pareja’. He declined to submit his hit 2001 road movie ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ (starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal) after calling into question the transparency of the Mexican film academy's voting process in its selection of the country's foreign-language Oscar entries.
Earlier this year, ‘Roma’ took home Academy Awards for best director, cinematography and foreign-language film. For Aparicio, it marked the first time that a Mexican actor of indigenous descent had been nominated for an Academy Award. It was also a historic moment for Cuaron, who won Mexico's first-ever Academy Award in the foreign-language category.
Though ‘Roma’ dominated the ceremony, the biggest surprise came when Yalitza Aparicio, who landed an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough performance in the film, was edged out of the Ariel for best actress by Ilse Salas (‘The Good Girls’). Best supporting actress went to Marina de Tavira of ‘Roma’, also an Oscar nominee.
The 61st Ariel Awards went down as a huge night for producer Nicolas Celis, who not only won best Mexican picture for ‘Roma’ but also grabbed best Ibero-American film for ‘Birds of Passage’ (‘Parajos de Verano’), a Mexico-Colombia co-production directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Gomez.
The only other picture that came close to Roma was Alejandra Marquez's socialite drama ‘The Good Girls’, which nabbed four statuettes.
Theater director-turner-filmmaker Lila Aviles won best first work for her drama ‘The Chambermaid’ (‘La Camarista’), which had its world premiere last year at the Toronto Film Festival.