Local soap-opera actor Sergio Goyri, 60, was zoomed in to the public eye after a video emerged in which he expresses racist comments against Ms Aparicio due to her Oscar nomination. She speaks in an indigenous dialect and in Spanish and works to navigate the different worlds for her own survival.
But her appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine attracted over a million Instagram followers, Mexican-American women are feeling represented and expressing pride that she is the first indigenous woman in a Hollywood stage, and she is being celebrated with a towering mural in her likeness near Iztapalapa, a humble district in Mexico City.
"Best picture is probably a toss up between "Roma" and "Green Book, ' and I can maybe see 'BlacKkKlansman" sneaking in to win", Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer at BuzzFeed News, said ahead of the show. "The racism she's facing in Mexico also is an attack against us". Following several centuries of colonial subjugation, many of Mexico's modern power centers in politics, business and entertainment have stubbornly remained closed to them.
"Lots of people say that if you're in Hollywood you have to be very Mexican, extremely pretty and have a hot body, and she's the total opposite", she said in a local interview.
Yalitza Apraicio is nominated for an Oscar this year for her performance in Roma.
After she appeared on the cover of Vogue México previous year, Aparicio was hit with a tirade of online racist comments that criticize her physical appearance. "But call me Indian and it's a damn insult".