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Yalitza Aparicio First Indigenous Woman Ever Nominated For Best Actress Academy Award

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Yalitza Aparicio First Indigenous Woman Ever Nominated For Best Actress Academy Award

Yalitza Aparicio's Best Actress Academy Award nomination is historic

Aparicio is the first ever indigenous woman nominated for Best Actress, and only the second Mexican woman (after Salma Hayek for Frida in 2002).

In an interview earlier this month, Yalitza talked about the possibility, saying:

“I’d be breaking the stereotype that because we’re Indigenous we can’t do certain things because of our skin color. Receiving that nomination would be a break from so many ideas. It would open doors to other people — to everyone — and deepen our conviction that we can do these things now.” 

But, after being passed over for a Golden Globe nomination for her breakout role in Roma, she had no expectation of receiving an Oscar nod.

“I was just hoping that we would get nominated for best picture,” Aparicio told the L.A. Times after her nomination was announced.  “I didn’t expect it. It was such a surprise.”

And you can tell by the video she posted to Instagram that it really was.  In the video, Aparicio can be heard screaming and seen crying as her friend films.

Yalitza called her mother immediately afterward.

"She said she was so happy. She was congratulating me," Aparicio told the Times, adding that her mamá counseled her, in typical Mexican mother fashion, "Hay que echarle ganas para lo que venga."

Salma Hayek also congratulated her paisana, writing:

"In 2002 I became the first Mexican actress nominated for best actress. I’m very moved that today I am no longer alone. Congratulations @yalitzaapariciomtzfor your so well deserved nomination. I hope this time you win."

So do we.