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.
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.