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Every year the Oscars boil down to two narratives essentially, the critical favorite versus the populist choice (generally, anyhow and as the Academy Awards get better, the two overlap sometimes). Take Alfonso Cuarón’s critically-adored “Roma,” a personal black and white reminiscence of his childhood in 1970s Mexico City and the live-in maid who helped raise him as a child. “Roma” has also topped the list of Metacritic’s Film Critics Top 10 List — the film review aggregator compiling every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications and ranking those films by frequency now that the final tallies are done. And well, “Roma” has practically topped everyone’s list everywhere (see filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Edgar Wright who both just put the film atop their top 10 lists too). It’s on top 25 Best Films Of 2018 list too. “Roma” is widely adored.
However, is it coming down to a “Roma” (critical favorite) versus “A Star Is Born” (populist pick) showdown at the Oscars? Because the populist pick almost always wins, plus a black and white movie in Espanol might be a hard sell for Best Picture as something that goes down as easy as Bradley Cooper’s...
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