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Streaming Movies Rule Oscar Nominations

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Despite the challenges faced by theaters, the past year has been fruitful for the film industry at large. Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have allowed many major films to reach audiences directly in their homes, a silver lining to the pandemic-fueled theater closures. This shift has led to the rise of streaming films, which are now encroaching on the traditional territory of theatrical releases, a trend evident in the latest Oscar nominations.

In the lineup for the 93rd Oscar Awards, streaming films dominated with Netflix alone earning 35 nominations for movies like Pieces of a Woman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. Among these, Mank, a film detailing the making of the iconic Citizen Kane, received 10 nominations, including Best Film, Best Actor for Gary Oldman, Best Supporting Actress for Amanda Seyfried, and Best Director for David Fincher. The late Chadwick Boseman also posthumously scored a Best Actor nod for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Amazon garnered 12 nominations for its films, including Sound of Metal, One Night in Miami, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and Time. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, expressed pride in the success of these films and the diverse talents behind them. She stated, “Over the past year, we have had the honor to collaborate with an exceptionally diverse and skilled group of filmmakers, actors, and crews. The success of the nominated films reflects their outstanding storytelling and artistry that has resonated with audiences worldwide.”

As the film industry adapts to changing viewer habits, especially in a post-vaccination world, the future significance of streaming services in the award season remains to be seen. For now, the Oscars have truly embraced the digital landscape.

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