46. Roma (movie)
Premiere date: Nov. 21, 2018
What Roma is about: The drama follows the life of Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutiérrez, the live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. The movie has been credited as a semi-autobiographical take on Alfonso Cuaron’s (who wrote and directed) upbringing in Mexico City.
Why you need to watch this: As ambiguous as the synopsis for the movie may be, Roma is a piece of art that needs to be viewed by all fans of film. The movie has been critically praised and has a 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a great honor for Netflix.
Roma was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2019 along with Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Vice, A Star is Born and Green Book. In a puzzling and rather disappointing turn of events, Green Book took home the honors. But the 91st Academy Awards surprised with many firsts.
Most notably, Marvel’s Black Panther stands out as the first film in the genre to be nominated in that category. But Netflix had a lot to celebrate thanks to Roma‘s nomination! For the streaming giant, the mention is monumental. Roma has helped Netflix cross yet another border and has changed the game for streaming services. Other nominations for Roma are Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography.