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‘Roma’ Named Best Ibero-American Film of 2018, Dominates “Platino Award” Winners

Mexico’s “Roma” continued its remarkable international embrace by the film community with five Platino Award wins in Mexico. Cuarón, who was not in attendance, won three prizes, himself, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematographer, marching two of his Oscar wins earlier this year. The film also won Best Sound. Academy President John Bailey was one of the presenters for this award, sending, in accented Spanish, “a cheers from the 9,000 members of the Academy to Ibero-American film.” Surely there is some irony or poetic justice that Bailey was on stage to name “Roma” the Best Film when his own Academy looked inwardly to “Green Book” for that prize

Yalitza Aparicio arrives at 6th Platino Awards

Yalitza Apiricio, however, was upset by Uruguay’s Ana Cruz, for “The Heiresses (Las Herederas).” The film also won Best Debut Feature Film. The Best Actor Platino award winner was Antonio De la Torre for Spain’s “The Kingdom (El Reino).”

Spain and Mexico dominated the awards, sweeping the TV series prizes and most top film prizes. Each country won six prizes, totaling twelve of 17 awards. The Platino Award winner for Best Series went to Spain’s “Arde Madrid (Madrid Is Burning).” In doing so, it vanquished Mexico’s wildly popular “Narcos: Mexico” and “The House of the Flowers.” One wonders if it was vote-splitting, or if the jury is very Spain-centric. Diego Luna and Cecilia Suárez, two renowned Mexican actors, won the lead prizes for those two miniseries. In any case the acceptance speech by the Platino Award winner elicited audible gasps. He said that Netflix had passed on the series and that its triumph showed “there was life after Netflix.”

One of the most touching moments of the night without a doubt came when Aparicio presented an award. She asked that the audience hold and raise hands as a symbol of unity between men and women, and between sister nations. Like everything she does, it worked because it was so honest.

The theme of the event was “My Great Night,” a riff on the title of Spanish singer Raphael’s most famous song “Mi Gran Noche.” Raphael was the Honorary Platino award winner.

Complete List Of 6th Platino Awards Winners Below!

Best Ibero-American Feature Film

”Roma” – Mexico

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón “Roma” – Mexico

Best Screenplay

Alfonso Cuarón “Roma” – Mexico

Best Original Score

Alberto Iglesias “Yuli” – Spain

Best Actor

Antonio De la Torre “El Reino” – Spain

Best Actress

Ana Cruz “Las Herederas” – Uruguay

Best Animated Film

“Un Dia Mas Con Vida” – Spain

Best Documentary Film

“El Silencio de Otros” – Spain

Best Ibero-American Debut Feature Film

”Las Herederas” – Uruguay

Best Film Editing

Alberto del Campo “El Reino” – Spain

Best Art Direction

Angelica Perea ”Birds of Passage” – Colombia

Best Cinematography

Alfonso Cuarón “Roma” – Mexico

Best Sound

Sergio Diaz, Skip Liepsey, Jose Antonio Garcia “Roma” – Mexico

PLATINO Award for Film and Education Values

”Champions (Campeones)” – Spain

Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series

“Arde Madrid” – Spain

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series

Diego Luna “Narcos: Mexico” – Mexico

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series

Cecilia Suarez “The House of the Flowers” – Mexico



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Written by J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam is a New York-based film critic and journalist. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and an inaugural member of the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association.

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