Nominations for the 61st Arieles Are Announced
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:50AM
Jorge Molina in Ariel Awards, Gael García Bernal, Latin American Cinema, Mexico, Museo, Roma

by Jorge Molina

Award season is a misnomer. Movie awards are a year-long, worldwide affair. At the end of last month the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) announced its nominees for the 61st annual Ariel awards, celebrating the films of 2018.

As you undoubtedly would expect, Alfonso Cuarón’s multi-celebrated, Oscar-winning Roma garnered the most nominations, with 15. It was followed by Museo, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, and The Good Girls by Alejandra Márquez Abella (still awaiting US distribution), with 14 each.

You can see a full list of the nominees after the jump with a bit of trivia and commentary [UPDATED IN JULY: WE'VE ALSO NOTATED WHICH FILM WON EACH PRIZE AT THE CEREMONY. WINNERS ARE MARKED WITH A STAR]...

Best Picture

Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time) from Carlos Reygadas stars his own family

Best Director

Surprisingly, this is Alfonso Cuarón’s first ever nomination in this category. This is Carlos Reygadas third nomination in the category. Reygadas previously won for 2008’s Luz Silenciosa (Silent Light), and was nominated in 2004 for Japón. Alonso Ruizpalacios won this award back in 2015 for his film Gueros. Two female directors were nominated for this award, something rare in award bodies elsewhere. However, only one woman has ever won this category (Tatiana Huezo por Tempestad in 2017).

Best Actor

This is Gael García Bernal’s third nomination. He won in 2001 for Amores Perros and was nominated again in 2017 for Me Estás Matando Susana (You’re Killing Me Susana).

Concepción Márquez stars in Cría puercos (Esmeralda's Twilight) about a widow who comes back to loving life when she cares for a pig named "Queenie"

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

It’s really good to see Jorge Antonio Guerrero recognized as his work for playing Fermín, Cleo’s asshole boyfriend in Roma. Every small performance really got a chance to be properly acknowledged in this ceremony. 


Best Supporting Actress

Best Documentary

Nancy García and Yaritza Aparicio in Roma

Breakthrough Performance 

Just as with Jorge Antonio Guerrero, it’s good to see Nancy García in this particularly category, as opposed to Yalitza Aparicio (since she's nominated for lead). Adela is such a nuanced, but vital part of Cleo’s routine and it’s good to see her get her due.

El Angel

Best Iberoamerican Film 

All five of these were Oscar submissions for their countries this past season.

Best Cinematography

La Camarista (The Chambermaid) - up for Best First Feature AND Best Feature

Best First Feature


Best Animated Short Film

The director of Viva el Rey has a stop-motion animated feature in production, reportedly a first for Mexico.


Best Documentary Short


Best Live Action Short


On location with one of Roma's most memorable scenes

Best Editing 


Best Special Effects


Best Visual Effects 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay 


Las niñas bien (The Good Girls)

Best Costume Design


Best Production Design


Ana Y Bruno

Best Animated Feature 


Best Makeup 

Best Original Score

 Bayonet, streaming on Netflix, is about a retired boxer

Best Sound


The 61st Arieles will take place on June 24th at the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City.

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