Like Black Panther… Roma Is Also Not That Good.

Robert Massimi.
I saw Roma on Netflix and wondered what the big deal was about. Like a lot of foreign films, this one was slow, very slow. Even the story wasn’t anything to write home about. The story was about two sisters who are house keepers, the patriarch goes off on an affair. It hints that they are communists, but never goes deep enough.
Like Black Panther, I do not see what all the fuse is about. Both movies did not deserve Oscar nominations. Maybe it is the all inclusive era that we live in where a certain amount of minorities need to be nominated so they don’t have to hear racist taunts by the media. The era we live in, I guess movies like these have to be nominated. It is a shame because there were a lot better movies not nominated. Quality should be nominated, not political correctness. Every time a movie is nominated that does not deserve to be nominated, it only adds full to the fire of hatred.
Hollywood needs to put up the best quality for the Oscars if it is to have any clout, or seriousness in the movie community. I hope the Oscar committee will do the right thing and give the Oscar to deserving people and not go with political correctness.

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“Roma” Win at Directors Guild Suggests Oscar Gold is Around the Corner for Alfonso Cuaron and Maybe Marina DeTavira


by Roger Friedman – February 3, 2019 3:45 pm

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Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director last night at the DGA, as expected, for his brilliant movie “Roma.” It wasn’t unexpected. “Roma” is something that is going to happen whether we like it or not.

Me, I like it. “Roma” is a masterwork. It’s exceptional filmmaking. It’s not a blockbuster, no one knows how much money it’s made, or how much has been spent on its awards campaigns. It doesn’t matter.

Most DGA winners go on to win the Oscar– at least for directing. Cuaron seems to have a lock on that Academy Award. Will “Roma” win Best Picture? That’s the big question.

“Black Panther” won Best Ensemble from the SAG Awards. “Roma” wasn’t even nominated for Best Ensemble even though it has a great group of actors including Marina DeTavira and Yalitza Aparacio, each of whom where surprise Oscar nominees in acting categories. Go figure.

So is the Oscar race between “Roma” and “Black Panther”? Yes. What about “Green Book”? Well, it’s still in there. Mahershala Ali seems certain to win Best Supporting Actor. But “Green Book” didn’t show show in SAG, and Peter Farrelly didn’t win DGA. So the odds of Best Picture are diminishing.

Two movies that are out of the Best Picture race are “A Star is Born” and “The Favourite.” The former is really a disappointment. Bradley Cooper should have won for Best First Feature at the DGA. He wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. He’s being punished for overachieving,. since “Star” has made $200 million at the box office, plus millions more from the soundtrack.

A “Roma” vs. “Black Panther” fight is good for ratings, good for movies. They are equals in trail blazing for film. If Cuaron wins Best Director and “Panther” wins Best Picture, the real irony will have been no Oscar nomination for Ryan Coogler, the director of the latter film. That will be the headscratcher to discuss for at least a few days. And then a new Oscar season will begin.

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