Netflix has finally earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination with Alfonso Cuaron's Roma. The world's largest streaming service has become increasingly known for their original content over the last handful of years. On the movie side, that's been something of a hit or miss game, but really since Beasts of No Nation was released in 2015, they've been trying hard to score some major love from the Academy, with the top prize always in mind. This year, they've finally done it, and they actually have a more than decent chance of winning.
Roma not only becomes the first ever Netflix movie to be nominated for Best Picture, it leads the pack with ten nominations overall, tied with Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, which also scored a nomination for Hollywood's most coveted prize. The other nominees in the category this year include Spike Lee's real-life racially-charged drama BlacKkKlansman, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Peter Farrelly's controversial Green Book, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born, Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic Vice and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, which becomes the first superhero movie to ever land a nomination in the category.
This is a major milestone for Netflix, as the company has faced some pushback from those in Hollywood, given that they're a streaming service first and, for the most part, they only release movies in theaters in limited engagements to qualify for awards. Though, they did give Roma a much wider release than they typically do. Not only that, but they also reportedly outspent the competition by millions on their awards season campaign, giving a massive push for Alfonso Cuaron's Spanish language, critically-acclaimed black and white period drama. This comes just five years after they scored their first Oscar nomination for the documentary The Square. Last year, Netflix made a big push for Mudbound, which did score several major nominations, but failed to make it into the Best Picture field.
It's hard to think of a year in recent memory in which there was truly no frontrunner, or even a couple of standouts, for Best Picture at the Oscars. But this year, the race seems to be wide open and that means Netflix truly has a great shot at getting the big win for Roma. That said, asking the Academy to award the night's top prize to a black and white foreign flick is a big ask. However, if any movie can do it, it's this one. In fact, if Roma can pull this off, it will be the first foreign language movie ever to win Best Picture.
The movie was also nominated for Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. At this point, Roma seems like a lock for Foreign Language Film and it should have a big night. But can it go all the way? We'll find out at the 91st Academy Awards telecast, which takes place on Sunday, February 24.