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Cuaron earned nominations for best director and best screenplay, and the film also earned a nod for best foreign-language film — but not best motion picture, drama.
But, in this case, it’s not a matter of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association intentionally snubbing the film for its top honors.
Rather, the HFPA rules stipulate that films entered in its foreign-language category are not eligible for consideration in either the best motion picture, drama, or best motion picture, musical or comedy, categories, which, its rules state, “are exclusively for English-language motion pictures.” Foreign-language films are, however, eligible to compete in other categories like directing, acting, writing and score.
The rule is designed to prevent one film from winning the foreign-language Globe and then going on to claim the top prize for either drama or musical/comedy.
Roma won’t face the same restrictions at the Oscars, where it is Mexico’s submission in the foreign-language film category. Since it’s also played a qualifying theatrical run in Los Angeles, it will be eligible in all other categories, including best picture.
Ten foreign-language films have been nominated for the best picture Oscar over the years, although none have ever won the award. For example, 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won the foreign-language category at the 73rd Academy Awards but lost best picture to Gladiator.
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