Will “Roma” make history at the Oscars? Netflix released a new trailer for the critically acclaimed film on November 13 (watch it above). Inspired by director Alfonso Cuaron‘s own childhood in Mexico City, the film opens on November 21 for limited theatrical engagements, and then it premieres on the streaming service on December 14. It’s one of the top contenders for Best Picture according to our latest odds, but it would be an unprecedented champ.
Netflix has made strides at showbiz awards in recent years since it started investing in original content. It was the top player at the Emmys this year, and though film awards have been more resistant — the Cannes Film Festival put up a fight over streaming films in 2017 — Netflix broke through at the Oscars in 2018 with four nominations for “Mudbound” and a Best Documentary Feature victory for “Icarus.” “Roma” would be the first Netflix film ever to be nominated for Best Picture, so it goes without saying that it would also be the first to win.
It would also make history for Latin American cinema. Though Cuaron previously won Best Director for “Gravity” (2013), “Roma” would be his first Spanish-language film to compete for Best Picture. To date only nine foreign-language films have ever been nominated in the top race, none of them from Latin America. No film in any foreign language has ever won Best Picture, so the academy’s English-language bias has been quite strong. However, that could be changing now that the academy membership has expanded in recent years.
“Roma” could also make history for its filmmakers. Producer Gabriela Rodriguez would be the first Latina ever nominated for Best Picture. And Cuaron himself could be nominated five times as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor, which in one fell swoop would almost double his career Oscars haul from 6 nominations to 11. Will the film achieve all those Oscar milestones?
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.