Awards for Roma open di­a­logue for di­ver­sity: Cuaron

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The strokes of his cine­matic paint­brush filled up the black and white can­vas of Roma with the colours of uni­ver­sal emo­tions in an evoca­tive nar­ra­tive set in 1970s Mex­ico is win­ning hearts all over. Mex­i­can film­maker Al­fonso Cuaron, whose lat­est film has been sweep­ing awards one af­ter an­other, says ac­co­lades for a movie such as Roma mean a lot for the in­creas­ing di­a­logue on di­ver­sity.

Af­ter a slew of hon­ours and crit­i­cal ac­claim at in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals, Roma reg­is­tered a twin win at the Golden Globe Awards over last week­end, and has scooped up seven nom­i­na­tions for the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2019.

It’s an Os­car fron­trun­ner in the Best For­eign Lan­guage Film cat­e­gory, and the in­ter­na­tional me­dia is abuzz that it may well change the Academy Awards’ 90-year his­tory by be­com­ing the first non-English Best Pic­ture win­ner. But the wait for Os­car nom­i­na­tions con­tin­ues.

Awards, to Cuaron — who broke ground as the first Mex­i­can film­maker to win the Best Di­rec­tor Os­car for Grav­ity (2004) — as such “mean noth­ing in the con­text of his­tory”.

“Some movies, they are not recog­nised and later they be­come mas­ter­pieces. Or some films win many awards and are for­got­ten three years later. But when a film like Roma is recog­nised for awards, I feel the im­por­tance of that is to open the di­a­logue for di­ver­sity... Di­ver­sity in which peo­ple are open to em­brace a hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence even if it is shown in the form of other peo­ple that aren’t like you,” said Cuaron.

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