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AMC and Regal Cinemas Won’t Include ‘Roma’ as Part of Oscar Showcase

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Following this morning’s nominations announcement for the 91st Academy Awards, “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s widely acclaimed black-and-white drama, was honored with 10 mentions including one for Best Picture.

But despite the positive reception to the craft and performances behind the Mexican masterpiece, controversy regarding its theatrical release still haunts it.

As it’s been the tradition for several years now, major theater chains like AMC Theater, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark (the top exhibitors in the country), are starting to solidify the schedule for their Best Picture Oscar showcase. Over several says, they show all the nominated movies on their screens a few weeks ahead of the ceremony.

However, they have decided that “Roma” won’t part of this celebration, and only seven out of the eight contenders will be shown. The reasoning the ongoing battle between Netflix, ”Roma’s” distributor, and the theaters’ concerns regarding theatrical windows.

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Back in November when the film first opened, the streaming giant opted for four-walling independent theaters and hasn’t reported any resulting grosses. A similar situation took place in Mexico where the two major chains there, Cinepolis and Cinemex, didn’t show “Roma” arguing the same issues.

“For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC best picture showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year,” stated the company. “This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theaters. As such, it is not included in the AMC best picture showcase.”

Still, movie fans that don’t want to watch this marvelous achievement at home, can still find theater across the country screen it. In some markets, it still showing on 70mm for cinephiles who want to experience it in that format.

What do you think about this decision from major theater chains? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24, 2019  

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see our rankings of this year’s contenders!

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Written by Carlos Aguilar

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by RogerEbert.com, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others.

Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Louisiana International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.

Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema. He also regularly participates in panel discussions about the importance of people of color in film criticism and his experience as a DACA recipient working in the film industry.

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