Here are the 5 biggest winners and losers in college basketball this week

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  • After the unranked Syracuse Orange upset the previously top-ranked Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tennessee Volunteers vaulted from No. 3 in last week’s AP Top 25 Poll to sit atop the college basketball throne.
  • The last two undefeated teams in the nation, the Virginia Cavaliers and Michigan Wolverines, both lost their first games of the season to Duke and the unranked Wisconsin Badgers, respectively.
  • The ACC and the SEC lead all conferences with six teams apiece in the rankings, followed closely by the Big 10 with four and the Big 12 with three. The Pac-12, meanwhile, has no representation in the AP Top 25 Poll for the fourth consecutive week.
  • Here are the five biggest winners and losers of Week 12 of the college basketball season.


▲ No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels — Up 2 spots in the AP Top 25 Poll

The North Carolina Tar Heels suffered a stunning loss to the Louisville Cardinals last week but have notched impressive wins in each of their contests since. Freshman guard Coby White led North Carolina to a six-point victory against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before taking care of the Miami Hurricanes in the Magic City, but the Tar Heels took it to the next level against the No. 10 Virginia Tech Hokies Monday night. Led by White’s 27 points and seven rebounds, North Carolina thrashed Buzz Williams squad for a 21-point victory. Expect that to factor into the rankings significantly come next week.

▲ No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers — Up 2 spots in the AP Top 25 Poll

The Tennessee Volunteers are rolling. They’ve won 12 consecutive games since losing to the then-No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks back in November, and that winning streak — plus a number of big upsets — was enough to catapult them to No. 1 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. Tennessee enjoyed a 19-point win against the Arkansas Razorbacks before squeaking out a thrilling, last-second victory against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Expect the Volunteers to keep up with their winning ways for the time being, as they likely will not face a ranked opponent until their February 16 matchup with the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.

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‘Roma’ could make history as the first movie to win the Oscar for best picture and best foreign language film in the same year

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  • The 91st annual Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning.
  • Netflix‘s “Roma” tied “The Favourite” with 10 nominations apiece, including best picture, best leading and supporting actress, and best foreign film.
  • “Roma” is the fifth film to ever be nominated for best picture and best foreign film. 
  • It could become the first film in history to ever win both awards.

Netflix’s “Roma” surprised Hollywood with 10 big Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning, tying “The Favourite” for the most nominations. But it’s Alfonso Cuarón’s streaming movie which could make history at the 2019 Oscars next month.

Not only is it the first best picture nomination for Netflix, “Roma” could become the first movie to win awards for best picture and best foreign film in the same year. It’s the fifth film ever to be nominated in both categories in the same year.

According to a release from the Academy, 1969’s “Z,” 1998’s “Life Is Beautiful,” 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and 2012’s “Amour” are the only other films to ever be nominated for best picture and best foreign film in the same year. While each movie won best foreign film, none of the four won best picture.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Netflix’s Oscar-nominated movie “Roma” 

Cuarón’s personal movie about a housekeeper in Mexico City was inspired by the life of the domestic worker who helped raise him during the ’70s. It’s his first film since 2013’s Oscar-winning “Gravity.”

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“Roma” was also nominated for best actress in a leading role, best supporting actress, best achievement in cinematography, best director, best production design, best achievement in sound editing, best achievement in sound mixing, best original screenplay. 

The 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST on ABC.

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This is likely our best look yet at Motorola’s revamped Razr flip phone with a foldable display

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  • Design patents filed by Motorola in December 2018 were discovered after a Wall Street Journal report said that a new Razr flip-phone-style device with a foldable display is on its way from Lenovo, Motorola’s parent company.
  • The design patents don’t definitively reveal what the new device will look like, but they give us a general idea as to what it could look like. 
  • The design patents show a device that’s nearly identical to the original Razr V3 flip phone. 

Last Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Lenovo and Motorola will soon release a revival of its famed Razr V3 flip phone with a brand-new foldable display design, and it could cost $1,500.

After the news, mobile tech blog 91 Mobile discovered a design patent filed in December 2018 by Motorola containing images of a potential design for a new phone with a foldable display.

There’s no mention of the name “Razr” in the patent, but anyone who remembers Motorola’s Razr flip phones will immediately recognize the design in the patent. It looks nearly identical, at least on the outside. The inside of the phone, however, potentially reveals what Lenovo and Motorola have in mind for a new Razr flip smartphone with a foldable display.

I should stress that patents don’t typically reveal exactly what to expect in a new upcoming device. Rather, patents only show what kinds of ideas a company has — and that idea ever seeing the light of day isn’t guaranteed. Either way, based on the design patent images below, it seems that Motorola’s idea is to make a modern rendition of its Razr flip phone that looks nearly identical to the original. 

Check out the images from Motorola’s patent filing for a new Razr device with a foldable display:

The back of the device in the patent looks nearly identical to the Motorola Razr V3, and it appears to include a small display on the top half, just like the original.

Here’s the back of the original Razr V3 so you can see how it’s identical to the device shown in the Motorola design patent.

On the inside, the device in the patent looks like a typical — if slightly dated — smartphone. Gone is the iconic number pad, which is replaced with a single, supposedly foldable display.

The pictured device only looks dated because of the larger bezels compared to most modern smartphones that have slimmer bezels. Otherwise, the use of a foldable display would be cutting edge.

Indeed, the iconic number pad from the original Razr V3 and the original display itself would be replaced with a single smartphone touch display, which is said to fold over at the center. It won’t crease at the hinge, according to The Wall Street Journal, so the display might simply bend rather than actually fold like a piece of paper. 


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Waymo is opening a $13.6 million self-driving car facility in the Detroit area

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  • Waymo, Google’s self-driving car spinoff, will invest $13.6 million in the Detroit area to revamp a facility that will outfit cars with self-driving features.
  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation granted Waymo, based in Mountain View, California, $8 million for the facility. 
  • Waymo said the company picked Southeastern Michigan because of its “excellent snowy conditions” and local talent.


Michigan boasts more connected and automated vehicle projects than any other state, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

And, as announced Tuesday, the Midwestern state will employ up to 400 more folks in self-driving cars in the coming years. Waymo said it will build its self-driving vehicles at a Metro Detroit facility.

It will be the first factory in the world dedicated to mass producing L4 autonomous vehicles, according to Waymo, which was spun off from Google in 2016.

“As we begin to commercialize our business and vehicle supply grows, we’re laying the foundation for a scalable, robust vehicle integration plan, starting in Michigan,” Waymo said in a blog post announcing the new facility

Waymo said it received an $8 million grant from the MEDC to revamp the facility, which will employ up to 400 engineers, operations experts, fleet coordinators, and others. Waymo’s investment will total $13.6 million. 

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At the facility, whose location hasn’t been announced, Waymo will outfit its self-driving hardware and software into vehicles including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rovers.

Waymo hasn’t yet signed a lease on the facility, the MEDC told The Detroit News. The space will be in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne county — the three counties that comprise Detroit and its suburban surroundings. The MEDC did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for a comment. 

Waymo has tested self-driving vehicles in Michigan since 2017, and engineers in the state are already installing Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans with Waymo technology. The state is ideal for a self-driving car office because of its “excellent snowy conditions” and local automotive engineering talent, Waymo said.

“The company really could have gone anywhere,” MEDC CEO Jeff Mason told The Detroit News on a media call Tuesday morning. “This is another great example of a company from the West coast really seeing the advantages Michigan has to integrate both engineering and manufacturing, find high-tech talent and where the company can grow and prosper.”

In Arizona, where Waymo has a robust presence, locals aren’t as keen about the self-driving car company. According to nearly dozens of police reports from suburban Phoenix, residents have pulled guns on and slashed the tires of Waymo cars.

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Tech startups tend to lose many of their employees for the same reason, and it’s completely avoidable

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  • Many employees at mid-sized tech companies quit because their job has evolved, and they’re not sure what their new responsibilities are.
  • That’s according to data from Namely, a human-resources software company.
  • Role confusion happens often when startups scale into larger organizations.

New data from human-resources software company Namely sheds some light on a key reason why employees at mid-sized technology companies are quitting: Their job isn’t wasn’t they thought it would be.

Namely defines mid-size companies as having between 200 and 500 employees. According to a survey of roughly 1,200 firms using Namely, 46% of people who quit these organizations because they were dissatisfied were upset specifically with the misalignment between their job requirements and what they wanted their job to look like. Namely said this might happen because a job was misrepresented during the interview process or because a role has changed over time.

At small tech companies (20 to 200 employees), just 37% of employees felt the same way, and at large tech companies (500 or more employees), 26% did.

Based on her own experience working in mid-sized tech organizations, Lorna Hagen, chief people officer at Namely, said that role confusion might arise when startups begin to scale into mid-sized tech companies.

At a typical startup, Hagen told Business Insider, “everybody has linked arms and is doing everything together and they have absolute transparency into all the information.” A larger organization, however, is “possibly a little bit more siloed, definitely more structured, and with some fences that make it a little bit harder for people to see information in a way that they used to.” That is to say, when you don’t know what other people are doing, it can be hard to know what you should be doing.

Hagen said this role confusion is often compounded by the fact that employees don’t have the skills to meet their new expectations. She gave a hypothetical example of a designer at a retail company. “As your company grows and grows, that person has maybe never … done anything bigger than that,” she said. But then questions arise: “Can they be a leader of people? Do they have followership? How are they in project management? Can they influence? Can they credibly speak in front of a board?”

Other experts have observed a similar phenomenon. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Tammy Erickson, author of “Workforce Crisis,” says that clearly specified roles for individual employees are even more important to effective collaboration than a clearly defined approach toward achieving the goal. “Without such clarity, team members are likely to waste energy negotiating roles or protecting turf, rather than focusing on the task,” Erickson writes.

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Corporate reorganizations and a culture of internal mobility may contribute to role confusion 

Even well-intentioned efforts to redesign a company’s structure can backfire. For example, The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing prevalence of corporate reorganization, in an effort to facilitate growth or keep up with market changes. Sue Shellenbarger writes that some companies reorganize every 18 months, causing “reorg fatigue” among their staff.

Meanwhile, tech companies are known for promoting internal mobility, allowing employees to make lateral moves onto different teams that might be better fits. It’s possible that when one person quits or joins a team, everyone else is left wondering how that will affect their day-to-day responsibilities.

While tech companies can take steps to create greater role clarity, particularly as they scale, Hagen emphasized that employees need to be proactive, too. It’s OK to be vulnerable, and to let your boss know that you’re confused.

Hagen said, “The onus is very much on the individual to be very, very intentional about what they’re looking for.”

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Bill Gates has a net worth of over $96 billion — here’s how he makes and spends his money

Bill Gates is the world’s second richest person. His net worth is more than $93 billion [as of December 2018]. If Gates gave every single person in the world $10, he’d still have more than $20 billion left.

Gates became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in history at age 31. Holding the title until 2008, when 23-year-old, Mark Zuckerberg, dethroned him.

Gates spends his fortune on everything from luxury cars to taking care of his favorite tree, but his primary goal is to help the world.

Bill Gates got an early start to building his fortune. At just 17, he sold his first computer program, a timetabling system, to his private high school for $4,200.

Childhood friends, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975. In 1980, Microsoft developed an operating system for IBM’s first personal computer. The system, MS-DOS, soon became one of Microsoft’s most profitable products as it would develop into what would become the operating system for nearly every PC. When Microsoft went public, the company was valued at $61 million and Gates made $1.6 million from selling shares. His remaining 45% stake in the company became worth a whopping $350 million.

At just 30 years old, Gates was already one of the wealthiest people in America. In 1990, Microsoft released another extremely successful product, Microsoft Office, which continues to be one of Microsoft’s biggest products today, 30 years after its release. And when Windows 95 launched in 1995, Gates became the world’s richest man, remaining there until Warren Buffett snagged the spot in 2008, who was knocked down by Jeff Bezos in 2017.

In 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, Bill Gates’ fortune briefly surpassed $100 billion.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Gates. In 2000, he stepped down as CEO while Microsoft was involved in an anti-trust lawsuit, filed by the Department of Justice. Following a ruling that the company had broken anti-trust law, Microsoft’s stock price dropped 14%. It took about 15 years for Microsoft to recover. But since then, the company has made strong progress.

In 2018, Microsoft hit its first $100 billion sales year and ended the year as the most valuable company passing both Apple and Amazon.

Bill Gates has actually sold or donated most of his Microsoft shares. He’s donated more than $35.8 billion of his stock at this point. He currently only owns a little more than 1% of Microsoft shares, but that 1% is estimated to be worth around $7.3 billion. So although Bill Gates might no longer be the world’s richest man, he’s still doing pretty well.

The charitable foundation that Gates and his wife, Melinda, started, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the world’s largest private charitable foundation. It holds more than $50 billion in assets and has donated $40 billion to various global education and health initiatives over the years. In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates teamed up with Warren Buffett to create The Giving Pledge. Those who join commit to donating half of their wealth to charity.

Although Gates is definitely dedicated to philanthropy, he isn’t shy about spending his money on the things he loves, like luxury vehicles. For his first car, Gates purchased a Porsche 911. It was his first big splurge with his money from Microsoft, and not a surprising choice considering Gates’ love of speeding through the deserts of New Mexico, where Microsoft was based at the time. During the early days of Microsoft in the ’70s, Gates was known for amassing speeding tickets. He said speeding through the desert helped to clear his head and he was even arrested once resulting in this now infamous mugshot. Gates has collected a number of luxury cars over the years, including a Ferrari 348 and a Jaguar XJ6.

His love of luxury vehicles extends beyond cars. In 1997, he purchased a $21 million jet. More recently, Gates chartered a yacht for $5 million a week for a family vacation in the Mediterranean. Even more impressive, however, is Gates’ real estate portfolio. Through his personal investment firm, Cascade, Gates owns nearly half of the Four Seasons Holdings hotel chain. He also has partial ownership of the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2009, Gates bought a $9 million ranch in Wyoming that once belonged to Buffalo Bill. And in 2013, he purchased a 4.5-acre ranch in South Florida for $8.7 million. Three years later, he made headlines for purchasing three of the neighboring properties for a cool $18 million. Gates spent another $18 million on Jenny Craig’s Southern California horse ranch.

Gates famously dedicated seven years and $63 million to build a massive high tech estate in Medina, Washington which is also home to Jeff Bezos. He named his estate, Xanadu 2.0 after the home of Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane.” Xanadu 2.0 is estimated to be worth around $131 million today. It’s home to $80,000 worth of computer screens hanging around the house that have the ability to display your favorite painting or photograph. Real paintings are also on display like the Winslow Homer painting Gates purchased for $36 million. There are six kitchens, seven bedrooms, 18.75 bathrooms and even a 2300 square-foot reception hall for hosting large-scale events.

The house is extremely high tech, outfitted with a sensor system that tailors to every guest’s temperature and lighting preferences via a pin that every guest receives. And thanks to speakers hidden behind wallpaper, music accompanies you into whatever room you enter. In the estate’s library, you can find a Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates paid for $30 million in 1994. And, of course, Gates’ beloved luxury car collection is kept inside a custom-built garage that can fit up to 23 cars.

However, not all of Gates’ treasures are stored inside the estate. A separate 3900 square-foot building houses a 60-foot pool, that features an underwater music system. Meanwhile, Gates’ favorite tree — a 40-year-old maple by the driveway — is under surveillance 24/7 and is automatically pumped with water if it becomes too dry. For his lake shore, Gates imports sand all the way from St. Lucia every year.

Not all of Gates’ purchases are this extravagant though. He wears a $10 wristwatch because he doesn’t believe in spending a lot of money on what he wears, and reportedly has a taste for McDonald’s and Diet Coke. Gates shared that he usually drinks anywhere from three to four cans of Diet Coke a day. Gates’ frugality also extends to his children. Each of his three children will receive $10 million, which means they’re each getting less than 1.1% of their father’s total fortune. Gates has said that he wants his children to succeed on their own.

In the end, the majority of Bill Gates’ massive wealth will go to charity. When asked about his top goals during a Reddit Q&A, Gates explained that he is focused on working with his foundation to reduce childhood death and malnutrition, as well as to end polio. He also cited global warming as one of his primary concerns.

Most recently, Gates continued his tradition of reflecting on the past year online. While Gates doesn’t usually make a New Year’s resolution, for 2019, he’s committing to learning and thinking about the balance between privacy and innovation, and the use of technology in education.

After launching a successful software empire, building an enormous fortune, and battling the US government over anti-trust allegations, it seems Bill Gates ultimately intends to dedicate a large part of his wealth to fight for causes he believes in and leave behind a better world for future generations.

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The 11 biggest 2019 Oscar snubs that have us shaking our heads

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In a year when the award season, for the most part, has been wide open, we expected to see some surprise choices when nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

But wow did that lead to some huge snubs.

Bradley Cooper not getting a best director nomination for “A Star Is Born,” the Mr. Rogers movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” not in the best documentary category, and “Crazy Rich Asians” not getting a single nomination are just a few of the major snubs.

Here are the 11 biggest snubs from the 2019 Oscars:

The Oscars air on ABC February 24.

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) — Best Director

Don’t worry, you will be seeing a lot of Bradley Cooper on Oscar night as he’s nominated in the best actor, best picture, and best adapted screenplay categories for “A Star Is Born” (he may even sing alongside Lady Gaga on Oscar night for the movie’s nominated best original song, “Shallow”). But the Academy did not recognize him for perhaps the category that would mean the most to him, best director.

After a slew of directors and actors came in and out of the project over the years, Cooper is the one who finally had the right way to do the latest remake of the title. So having his name not called was certainly the biggest shock.

Historically, a best-picture-nominated movie not getting a best director nom is a kiss of death. But it has happened. The most recent was 2012’s “Argo.” Ben Affleck was not nominated for directing the movie but went on stage to accept the best picture Oscar. 

“First Man” — Best Original Score

The disrespect for “First Man” continues. Though it wasn’t likely the movie was going to get nominations in any of the major categories, the movie’s score seemed to be a lock not just for a nomination in the best original score category, but for a win, too. However, composer Justin Hurwitz’s name was not called. 

Though many argued over the movie’s slow pace and minimalist acting style by Ryan Gosling, the music Hurwitz came up with was universally praised. That’s a big reason why this snub is all the more shocking. 

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — Best Documentary

This look inside the life and career of Fred Rogers from director Morgan Neville was a box-office hit in 2018 and many thought it would run away with the best documentary Oscar. It not getting a nomination may be the biggest snub in this category since “Hoop Dreams” in 1995.

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4 Netflix original series that are ending in 2019

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  • During the 2018 to 2019 television season, Netflix has canceled a total of 17 shows.
  • Most of those shows, including “Luke Cage” and “American Vandal,” aired their final episodes in 2018.
  • Only four of the canceled shows will be releasing episodes in 2019.

In the 2018 to 2019 television season, Netflix has canceled a total of 17 shows and most of them were not able to release new episodes in 2019. 

“All about the Washingtons,” “American Vandal,” “The Good Cop,” “”Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” “The Break With Michelle Wolf,” “Seven Seconds,” “Everything Sucks!,” “House of Cards,” “Disjointed,” and “Lady Dynamite” all aired their final episodes in 2018.

Here are the four Netflix original shows that will stream their final episodes in 2019.

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“A Series of Unfortunate Events” finished off with its third season on January 1.

According to Neil Patrick Harris, the star of Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the plan was always to end the show about the three Baudelaire children after three seasons, TVLine reported.

The show, based on the children’s novels, released its last episodes on the first day of 2019.

The final installments of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will be released on January 25.

After four seasons of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the story of a woman who moves to New York City after being freed from a cult she was kidnapped into, Netflix has decided to end the series.

Starring Ellie Kemper, the fourth season was split in half, with the first part released in 2018. The second part will be released on January 25.

However, there could be more Kimmy Schmidt in a movie deal, although these potential plans are still being worked out according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Easy” will release its third and final season later this year.

“Easy,” the Netflix series about friends in Chicago trying to figure out love, sex, technology, and culture, will release its third season later this year. It will be the show’s last season.

The release date hasn’t been announced yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Everything you need to know about the Netflix movie ‘Roma,’ the groundbreaking film tied for most Oscar nominations this year

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  • Netflix original film “Roma” just landed 10 Oscar nominations
  • The semi-autobiographical movie is written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”).
  • It’s based on the story of the real domestic worker who helped raise him in Mexico City in the ’70s.
  • The film’s star Yalitza Aparicio (Cleo) has also broken records with her nomination for best actress, along with her co-star Marina de Tavira (Sofia). 
  • Yalitza had no prior formal acting experience before her breakout performance in “Roma.”

For the first time in history, a Netflix original movie has tied for the most Oscar nominations in this year’s 91st annual Academy Awards. “Roma” is written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity,” “Children of Men,” “Y Tu Mamá También”), and just landed 10 nominations for the Oscars. Though you can see “Roma” in a limited number of movie theaters, the R-rated film is streaming now on Netflix.

Here’s everything you should know about this groundbreaking movie. 

The movie’s protagonist, Cleo, is based on a real person from Cuarón’s life

Yalitza Aparicio stars in the film as Cleo, a young domestic worker for a middle-class family in Mexico City. The movie’s title comes from the 1970s neighborhood, Colonia Roma, where the family lives. The plot and setting of the movie is based on Cuarón’s own childhood and the young woman who worked in his house as he grew up. As the Netflix description for “Roma” explains, the film is Cuarón’s way of “delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him.”

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Aparicio’s performance as Cleo received a nomination for best actress, and her co-star Marina de Tavira (who plays Señora Sofia, the mother of the house where Cleo works) was nominated for best supporting actress. It is the first Oscar nomination for both women. 

The entire film follows Cleo as she works tirelessly for the family, which includes a mother (Sofia) and father (Antonio) who are at a fraught point in their marriage. Cleo takes care of the four children in the house while also balancing her own romantic life and ambitions. 

Part of the backdrop for Cleo’s story is the political tensions in Mexico City between student protestors and a faction of the Mexican army. The violence intersects with Cleo’s personal life as the city’s simmering conflict boils over. “Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s,” the Netflix description reads.

The story of “Roma” is one of devotion, loss, ambition, class structures, family, love, isolation, and the things in life that bridge us rather than divide us. 

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‘Roma’ debuted on Netflix, and was shot entirely in black-and-white

The movie is also written entirely in a combination of Spanish and Mixteco, and plays automatically on Netflix with English subtitles. 

The film has no original score, but instead uses its immersive sound design to make you feel as if you’re watching a gorgeous live-streaming tableau of life in Mexico City. Instead of an overlaid soundtrack, the car horns and birds twittering and gentle brushing of mop on tiled flooring serves as the “music” of the movie.

The family’s house is a movie set built as an almost exact replica of Cuarón’s actual childhood home. The production team also built out whole fake city blocks of 1970s Mexico City in order to film the long tracking shots serving as a stylistic trademark of the movie.

As fellow Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro said in a tweet-thread about the movie, “Roma” is stylized almost like a mural painting, with the camera slowly panning over artistically designed and staged settings.


Oscar-nominee Yalitza Aparicio was a preschool teacher before landing the lead role in ‘Roma’

“Yalitza Aparicio, a preschool teacher from a town in Oaxaca, brought her mother to her audition because she was concerned the meeting might be a trafficking scam,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Ford wrote in a feature on Cuarón’s film. “Cuaron took one look and knew he had found his Cleo.”

Aparicio had no formal acting training before “Roma,” and critics are raving about her incredible performance as the quiet and earnest Cleo. 

“In Cleo, Cuarón has created a character of pure devotion and human spirit, and Aparicio delivers a restrained albeit passionate performance,” critic Kiko Martinez wrote.

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All the new milestones achieved by ‘Roma’ at the Academy Awards this year

With its 10 total nominations, “Roma” is tied for the most Oscar nominations this year alongside “The Favourite.” It has tied the record held by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) for the most nominations received by a foreign language film, and it is the tenth foreign language film nominated for best picture.

Aparicio is only the second actress nominated for a debut performance in a spoken language other than English, and she is the first Indigenous woman to ever receive an Oscar nomination. This is Cuarón’s tenth Oscar nomination overall. 

Read more: The complete list of the 2019 Oscar nominations

This is the first time a Netflix original movie has ever been nominated for best picture. Here are all the Oscars it might win this February: Best picture (Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón), best director (Alfonso Cuarón),
best actress (Yalitza Aparicio), best supporting actress (Marina de Tavira), best original screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón), best foreign language film, best cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón), best production design (Eugenio Caballero and Bárbara Enríquez), best sound editing (Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay), best sound mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, and José Antonio García).

How to watch ‘Roma’

“Roma” in some movie theaters around the country, but you can stream it now on Netflix at any time. We highly recommended turning your phones on silent and cranking up the volume in order to experience the full impact of “Roma” and its impressive sound design. 

The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.

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19 of the biggest 2019 Oscar snubs and surprises, from ‘First Man’ to ‘Roma’

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  • The nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards nominations were announced January 22, 2019.
  • Many were shocked to see Timothée Chalemet and Ethan Hawke left off the list.
  • Netflix original “Roma” surprised with some of the biggest nominations of the morning, including best actress and best picture.

The 2019 Oscar nominations were announced January 22, 2019. Although the list includes some much-deserved nominations for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and Spike Lee, there were also some critically praised movies and actors missing.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will air from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PST on ABC. As of now, the show will have no host.

Keep reading to see all of the snubs and surprises.

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Timothée Chalamet wasn’t recognized for his performance as an addict in “Beautiful Boy.”

Neither Chalamet nor Steve Carrell were nominated for their performances in “Beautiful Boy” where the duo play a son and father coping with addiction.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” appeared to be a shoo-in for the best documentary category.

The documentary about Mr. Rogers was one of 15 finalists for the category, but failed to get the votes despite receiving a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Black Panther” was a happy surprise of the morning with a nod for best picture.

The Marvel movie is now the first comic-book movie in history to be nominated for best picture.

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