Netflix and Amazon Are Going Back to the Academy Awards This Year

Netflix and Amazon Are Going Back to the Academy Awards This Year

Netflixscored its first-ever Academy Awardnominationsfor a feature film on Tuesday morning, as the streaming giants push to compete against traditional Hollywood studios on the industrys most glitzy stage picked up steam.

Netflix picked up four total Oscar nominations for its 2017 original filmMudbound, a drama set in the racially segregated U.S. South after World War II, including nods for the best adapted screenplay, cinematography, and original song (Mighty River) as well as a nomination for supporting actress Mary J. Blige. (And, one of those nominations even marked an Oscar-first: Rachel Morrison became thefirst female cinematographerever nominated for an Academy Award in that category.) Netflix won its first Academy Awardlast year, for the documentary shortWhite Helmets, but this marks the first time the streaming service has ever had one of its original feature films nominated for an Oscar.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the latest batch of Oscar nominations early Tuesday morning. Netflixs streaming rival,Amazon, received one Oscar nomination, for comedyThe Big Sicks original screenplay, a year after the e-commerce giant won itsfirst Academy Awardsfor the dramaManchester by the Sea.

Netflix also received three nominations in documentary film categories, including forIcarusandStrong Islandin the Best Documentary Feature category, and for the documentary shortHeroin(e). Meanwhile, Netflixacquiredforeign language film nomineeOn Body And Soul, from Hungary, in November and the film will debut on the streaming service next month.

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Tuesdays Oscar nominations are something of a culmination to what has already been a busy awards season for Netflix, which scored a dozen nominations at the2018 Golden Globe AwardsforMudboundand multiple original TV series, includingStranger ThingsandThe Crown.

However, in the end, Netflix walked away with only one Golden Globe win, for actorAziz Ansariof the comedy seriesMaster of None. So, whileMudboundhas been a consistent nominee throughout Hollywoods drawn-out awards season, the film has yet to take home any major hardware, which means Netflix may not actually get to hear the companys name called on Oscars night.

The Oscar winners will be revealed at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4.

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