Today, Mexico joined the bevy of countries announcing their foreign language contenders for the Oscars in 2019. We received word earlier today from Chile, as well as word earlier in the week from Iraq. Japan, the UK, and more also announced over the last few weeks. Yet the big contender in the category likely just took control. Netflix player “ROMA” from Alfonso Cuarón officially will be Mexico‘s entry into the Foreign Language Oscar race.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mexico made the news official today. Considering the film takes place in Mexico, uses rare Mexican dialects, and came from a Mexican director and cast, this is not exactly surprising news. The reviews for Cuarón’s latest have hyped up the film as one of our big contenders for Best Picture. “ROMA” just finished a run at the Venice International Film Festival, where it took home the Golden Lion award for Best Picture. That said, the festival skews more international, so it will be a tougher climb for Best Picture at the Oscars.
It is not unprecedented for a foreign language film to also show up in the Best Picture race. The last film to do it was Michael Haneke’s “Amour” in 2013. That film also received nominations for Director, Actress, and Screenplay. Strangely enough, all those categories and more seem to be in play for “ROMA” with Cuarón at the helm. The masterful filmmaker already took home the Best Director prize for “Gravity” in 2014. He can certainly show up there again, and our own Mark Johnson runs down potential other nominations in his review. This one looks to be an across the board player, and a Best Foreign Language film expands the nomination count by one more.