“Roma” star Yalitza Aparicio made Oscars history as the first indigenous Mexican woman to be nominated for the best actress category in the prestigious awards show.
Aparicio, who never had any acting experience prior “Roma,” was nominated alongside veterans and well-known actresses Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, and Melissa McCarthy.
Her Oscar nod also made her the second actress from Mexico to be nominated in the major category after Salma Hayek in 2002 for “Frida.”
“Roma,” which gained a total of 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, follows the story of Cleo (Aparicio), a domestic worker of Mixteco heritage during the early ‘70s.
The 26-year-old “Roma” star, in an interview with the New York Times, said she “can’t sort of pin down one specific feeling” upon receiving the news of her Oscar nomination.
“I’m in Mexico and the news was so amazing, I just yelled, I just screamed,” Aparicio told the New York Times.
“At that moment, when he [Cuaron] offered me the role, all I could think about was that it was an opportunity to make my mother proud…And I assume my mom is even more proud at this moment,” she added.
In previous interviews, the neophyte actress has mentioned that she drew inspiration from her mother’s experiences as a domestic worker for her role in the critically acclaimed Alfonso Cuaron film.
Aparicio said she hopes her Oscar nod will inspire people to go after their dreams.
“You’re not limited by your race or your class or your ethnicity or your socioeconomic conditions…really there is room for everybody,” she told the American newspaper.