Yalitza Aparicio

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Yalitza Aparicio
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Aparicio at an event for Roma in 2018
Yalitza Aparicio Martínez

(1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 25)
Years active2018–present

Yalitza Aparicio Martínez (About this soundpronunciation ) Spanish: [ɟaˈlitsa apaˈɾisjo maɾˈtines] (born 11 December 1993) is a Mexican actress. She is best known for her debut performance as Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón's 2018 drama film Roma, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Life and career[edit]

Aparicio was born on December 11, 1993[1] in Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca.[2][3] Her parents are of indigenous origin; her father is Mixtec and her mother is Triqui.[4][5] She is not, however, fluent in the Mixtec language and she had to learn it for the film Roma.[6][7] Aparicio was raised by a single mother who worked as a maid.[8] She does not have any formal training in acting, but has pursued a degree in pre-school education while already holding a degree in early childhood education.[9] [10]

Aparicio's breakthrough performance in Roma (2018) has earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.[11] Aparicio is the first Indigenous woman to be recognized, and the second Mexican woman to garner a Best Actress nomination, following Salma Hayek for her role in the 2002 film Frida. She has also earned nominations in the same category from the Chicago Film Critics Association,[12] the Critics' Choice Movie Awards,[13] the Hollywood Film Awards,[14] the Gotham Awards,[15] the San Francisco Film Critics Circle,[16] the Satellite Awards,[17] and the Women Film Critics Circle,[18] as well as recognition from Time[19] and The New York Times.[20]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2018 Chicago Film Critics Association Roma Best Actress Nominated [21]
Most Promising Performer Nominated
2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards Roma Breakthrough Actor Nominated [22]
2019 Academy Awards Roma Best Actress Pending [23]
2019 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Roma Best Actress Nominated [24]
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2019 Austin Film Critics Association Roma Breakthrough Artist Award Pending [25]
2019 Critics' Choice Awards Roma Best Actress Nominated [26]
2019 Georgia Film Critics Association Roma Best Actress Nominated [27]
Breakthrough Award Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Roma Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Nominated [28]


  1. ^ AlloCine. "Yalitza Aparicio". AlloCiné. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  2. ^ Sippell, Margeaux. "First-Time Actress Yalitza Aparicio on How She Found 'Roma'". Variety. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ Justa, La Tia. "Yalitza Es Maestra Y Su Mejor Enseñanza Es La Humilidad". La Tia Justa. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ Rivera, Guillermo. "Yalitza Aparicio: 'Me dijeron que por ser mujer indígena no podía seguir adelante'". mexico.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Yalitza Aparicio, de hacer piñatas a actriz en Hollywood". El Universal (in Spanish). 26 November 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  6. ^ Quiroz, Brenda (2018-12-18). "10 cosas que no sabías de Yalitza Aparicio, la mejor actriz del 2018". Wapa (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Alissa (2018-12-14). "Roma's Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she's in one of the year's buzziest films". Vox.
  8. ^ "Yalitza Aparicio: An Indigenous Mexican Woman Captivates Hollywood". VOA News. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  9. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (6 December 2018). "Children of Women: Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira's Trip to "Roma"". FLOOD. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  10. ^ Wilkinson, Alissa (2018-11-21). "Roma's Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she's in one of the year's buzziest films". Vox. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  11. ^ "Oscars: Nominations List". The Hollywood Reporter. January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "2018 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards". Chicago Film Critics Association. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  13. ^ Johnson, Zach (10 December 2018). "Critics' Choice Awards 2019: The Complete List of Nominations". E! News. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  14. ^ Grossman, Lena (4 November 2018). "2018 Hollywood Film Awards: The Complete List of Winners". E! News. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  15. ^ Lewis, Hilary; Crist, Allison (26 November 2018). "'The Rider' Tops Gotham Awards; Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  16. ^ "2018 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards". San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  17. ^ "2018 Nominees". International Press Academy. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  18. ^ "The 2018 Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC) Winners". Next Best Picture. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  19. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (15 November 2018). "The 10 Best Movie Performances of 2018". Time. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  20. ^ Scott, A.O.; Morris, Wesley. "The Best Actors of 2018". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  21. ^ ""Roma" The Big Winner Among Chicago Film Critics". Chicago Film Critics Association.
  22. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (November 26, 2018). "Gotham Awards: A24 Sweeps With Five Wins, Including 'First Reformed,' 'Eighth Grade' (Full Winners List)". Variety.
  23. ^ "Oscars 2019: Roma and The Favourite vie for glory with 10 nominations each". Guardian. 22 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Alliance of Women Film Journalists (2019)". IMDb.
  25. ^ "Austin Film Critics Association (2019)". IMDb.
  26. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (January 13, 2019). "'Roma,' 'The Americans' and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Win Top Critics' Choice Honors". Variety.
  27. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) (2019)". IMDb.
  28. ^ Johnson, Quendrith (January 3, 2019). "ROMA, A STAR IS BORN, Set for Top Honors at 23rd Satellite™ Awards". International Press Academy.

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