Netflix’ black-and-white production Roma has won at the Bafta film awards and this has boosted the Oscar hopes for this US streaming giant even though there have been concerns the business model of the film industry.
During a star-studded ceremony in London’s Royal Albert Hall, which witnessed Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Cuaron said “I have been seriously touched by this film and the way it has been received. I would love to thank Netflix for “showing the courage” to get behind Roma. The success of the film during an age where fear and anger have been proposed to divide us means the world to me.”
Netflix UK tweeted its co gratulatory messages and said that the movie has been a “deeply moving film and it deserves all the love which it has been getting”.
congratulations to the Roma team on winning the #BAFTA for BEST FILM(!!) as well as winning Best Cinematography, Best Film Not in the English Language, and Best Director – it really is a stunningly crafted, deeply moving film and deserves all the love it’s getting pic.twitter.com/DbJt8D9GUC
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) 10 February 2019
The film has portrayed domestic strife and social hierarchy in between the political turmoil and it focuses on a housekeeper and a nanny by the name Cleo, which has been played by indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio.
The film Roma is about a cantankerous 18th-century British queen and her scheming court, and the movie was nominated for 12 awards and it ended up picking seven on the night.
The Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos of Colman said- “She doesn’t like taking herself too seriously and she enjoys everything she does.”
Colman, 45, was very much against Glenn Close (The Wife) and Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) – the same power duo which she will give a face-off during the Oscars on February 24.
Weisz won against co-star Emma Stone who had been nominated in the same category. Weisz and Stone have been working for the Oscars.
Roma has been nominated as the best picture at the Oscars, and it is the first-ever nomination for Netflix and this has propelled it into the Hollywood club of elite filmmakers.
It has been progressively welcomed at most of the major film festivals, Netflix still found Tinseltown’s red carpet to have not fully rolled out, since the theatres were up in arms about their position as a distribution king as well as an A-list content provider.
After the Oscar nominations were out, mega-theatre chains AMC and Regal, which are the top two business in America, announced that they wouldn’t screen Roma at their annual best-picture showcases.
Roma has been shown in about 900 theatres all over the globe, and this is more than any other Netflix film, and is usually outside the normal-zone
While Netflix has made some good-faith efforts to gain Hollywood’s acceptance, it did so while only making minor concessions — and no changes to its business model.
It only waited three weeks after the release of Roma in theatres to put it up on its platform, far less than the 90 days that cinema owners ask studios to hold back.
After the #MeToo movement, Bafta removed Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer from the Queen biopic’s in their outstanding British film nomination since he was one of the wrongdoers in the movement. “
Singer denied of any wrongdoings, but didn’t win the award either.
Rami Malek’s portrayal of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who would have been a victim of the AIDS epidemic in the days wherein homosexuality was a taboo in rock-and-roll, earned appreciation as well as the best actor award.
Malek won against Christian Bale’s transformation as the humourless yet powerful former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice.
Best supporting actor was taken away by Mahershala Ali for Green Book, which is a comedy-drama in which he plays a jazz pianist who would be on a tour to America’s Deep South in 1962.
Free Solo is a film about the first person who wishes to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes and this movie won the award for being the best documentary.