An alleged conspiracy to sabotage first-time Indigenous actress and star of the Mexican acclaimed film Roma Yalitza Aparicio’s chances of winning best actress at the prestigious Ariel awards ceremony.
Guest coordinator of the Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences (AMACC), Rossana Barro, tweeted, “I found out that there is a chat of Mexican actresses who are organizing to ask the @AcademiaCineMx that Yalitza Aparicio is not considered for the Best Actress of the Ariel list, it is the most mediocre, pathetic and vile thing I have ever heard.”
However, film critics, Arturo Aguilar and Alonso Diaz de la Vega, were quick to debunk concerns, assuring that the AMACC would never submit to such a petition. While film director, Maria Jose Cuevas dismissed the announcement as an “aberration that starts from ignorance and envy.”
On her twitter account, Cuevas reminded social media users of Diego Quemada-Díez’s La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage) which was released in 2013 and won nine Ariel awards, including Best Actor which was presented to Brandon Lopez, an amateur Guatemalan actor with no prior experience.
Cuevas wrote, “In the history of the Arieles they have already awarded 'non-actors', or not? "La Cage de Oro" (The Golden Cage for example, how ugly that there is so much double morality among colleagues, what are they afraid of?”
The AMACC, Mexico’s Oscar equivalent, has not commented on the exchange or Aparicio’s eligibility for Best Actress.
Since her debut in Roma, Aparicio was honored with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and pictured on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
Last month, the film was showered with awards, taking “Best Picture” and “Best Cinematography” for a foreign film at the 24 Annual Critics Choice Awards as well as two Golden Globes.
Shot entirely in Spanish and an Indigenous Mexican language, will compete in the foreign language field during the Oscars Awards Ceremony on Feb. 24. "Roma" was recognized in every key category, including director, lead actress Yalitza Aparicio as a domestic worker, supporting actress Marina de Tavira, screenplay, and multiple technical fields.