5 categories of the Oscars that put Mexico on high

This weekend the winners for the biggest awards of the year in the film industry – The Oscars – will be announced. Below you will find the 5 categories that will have you at the edge of your seat and the main criteria taken into account to win the statuette.

Best Picture – Nominees

What makes a film worthy of this award? Essentially, is the combination of several elements: the story must be captivating, the cast must be capable of transporting the viewer to another universe, the production should project that universe; the message has to be profound, and finally, it needs to be contextualized.

Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice, are the 2019 nominees for such an outstanding award. All of them have a very different story, but each one of them with a unique touch .In the history of the Academy Awards, this category has never been won by a film that wasn’t in English. Therefore, if Roma wins, it would go down in history.

Best Director Nominees

The director who had the ability to tell his story in the simplest and purest way. The one who took care that the music matched the film harmoniously and made sure that the tone was contextualized, so that the final result made sense. In other words, the one who took care of every tiny detail… will be the winner of the Best Director award.

On this occasion, Spike Lee, Paweł Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuarón, and Adam McKay, are the proud nominees for this category. If Alfonso Cuarón becomes the winner, it would be the second consecutive year that a Mexican wins the Oscar in this category.

Best Actress – Nominees

The actress who can convey to the audience what she feels while she is in her role. The one who makes you laugh, cry and give you goosebumps, will undoubtedly be worthy of this award. Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy are the 2019 nominees.

Many Mexicans are looking forward to know the results because, for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, a Mexican woman of Mixtec origin (indigenous community) has been nominated for Best Actress.

Best Cinematography – Nominees

Cold War, The Favorite, Never Look Away, Roma and A Star is Born are the films selected for the Cinematography category.

Everything related to technical command, composition, production and lighting design, and art direction, are the main criteria that make for good photography in the cinematographic field. Elements that all nominated films master impeccably, so it will be a head-to-head category.

Best Foreign Language Film – Nominees

This year five countries are competing in the Foreign Language Film category: Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and Poland. The essential criteria to be selected in this category are that the dialogues must be predominantly in a language other than English and must be produced outside the United States. In addition, it must possess the cinematographic elements that are taken into account for Best Picture.

Although all films tell a very intimate story, Roma and Cold War are the favorites to win the Oscar.

Let’s see if 2019 will be Mexico’s year in the Academy Awards. For the moment, the only thing to do is wish the best of luck to all the nominees.

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