The nominations for 91st Academy Awards have been announced and OTT has made a mark, yet again. With Netflix bagging 15 nominations (10 for Roma itself) and Amazon garnering 3, the OTT future looks bright.
Spanish film Roma is primarily about the relationship between a housekeeper and her employers set against the backdrop of the political turmoil of Mexico in early 1970s. The film witnessed a limited theatrical release last year and then started streaming on Netflix. A film by director James Cuarón, its characters are nuanced with James doing utmost justice to it. The film tugs at your heartstrings. Roma producer Gabriela Rodriguez became the first Hispanic woman to receive a best picture Oscar nomination. Other categories for nomination include Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and so on (Full List below).
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Under Best Documentary Short Subject category, Netflix’ ‘End Game,’ and ‘Period. End of Sentence.’ have been nominated. End Game directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman follows medical practitioners working on the cutting edge of life and death. It is about changing our perception of death, and if it is inevitable, then getting used to it.
‘Period. End of Sentence.’ by Rayka Zehtabchi is about the stigma of menstruation in a village near Delhi, India. A sanitary pad machine installed in the village motivates women to make pads on their own, leading to their empowerment.
American western anthology film written, directed and produced by the Coen brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival last year. Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Harry Melling, and Tom Waits, it features 6 vignettes. It is nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Original Song.
An Amazon Prime Original and Poland’s official entry to the Oscars, Cold War is set in Poland and France during the Cold War. It is about a musical director falling in love with a young talented woman. It premiered at Cannes last year. It is nominated for Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski).
Yalitza Aparicio, ‘Roma’ (Netflix)
Marina de Tavira, ‘Roma’ (Netflix)
Pawel Pawlikowski, ‘Cold War’ (Amazon)
Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Roma’ (Netflix)
‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Joel Coen , Ethan Coen (Netflix)
‘Roma’ Alfonso Cuarón (Netflix)
‘Cold War’ Lukasz Zal (Amazon)
‘Roma’ Alfonso Cuarón (Netflix)
Best Documentary Short Subject:
‘End Game’ Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (Netflix)
‘Period. End of Sentence.’ Rayka Zehtabchi (Netflix)
Best Foreign Language Film:
‘Cold War’ (Poland) (Amazon)
‘Roma’ (Mexico) (Netflix)
‘Roma’ Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay (Netflix)
‘Roma’ Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez (Netflix)
‘When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings’ from ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch (Netflix)
‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Mary Zophres (Netflix)
Earlier this year, OTT platforms had 4 wins to their credit and 6 nominations at 76th Golden Globe Awards, where Netflix’ Bodyguard, Roma and Amazon’s Homecoming and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel stood out. Anyone who had been doubting the power of OTT, can certainly eat their words now.