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‘Roma' Actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero Denied US Visa, May Miss Oscars

One of the actors of the award-winning film "Roma" may not attend the Oscars because the U.S. consulate in Mexico has denied his visa for the third time.

Jorge Antonio Guerrero played Fermín, a militiaman who offers a private martial art "show" in the nude to the film's protagonist Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid. Another scene shows his character as part of a group that massacres student protesters. 

Guerrero was initially rejected for a tourist visa, and two subsequent attempts were also denied despite support from Netflix and the filmmakers. Now he is facing the same result, even with a written invitation to the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, slated for Feb. 24. 

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The film is nominated in 10 categories, including Best Picture and Best Foreign Film. 

The short film directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón narrates one year in the life of a middle-class family in the neighborhood the film is named after, told from the viewpoint of a live-in housekeeper. 

Cuarón based the film on his childhood memories from the 1970s. 

--NBC's Maria Chamberlain translated and contributed to this story. 

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