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Netflix won 35 Oscar nominations – but it’s bad for a 2021 win

It has become an ritual. Every award season, we tell pundits with a lot of certainty that Netflix will eventually take the Iron Throne of the Oscars away from those weary old bastards: the big movie studios. And, without fail, we go wrong every time.

It was heavily favored by streaming giant Alfonso Quaron’s “Roma” to pull it off in 2019. Whoops – “Green Book” won Best Picture. And then in 2020, Netflix had two top nominees with “Marriage Story” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”. Trauma – “Parasite” emerged victorious. By the way, “The Irishman” won any of the 10 awards for which it was nominated. And Netflix led the that year, that too, with 24 nominations.

But 2021, characterized by an impressively diverse of nominees, has become the tipping point, right? For the past 12 months, many theaters across the country and around the world have been closed due to the coronovirus epidemic, and audiences have turned to streaming in desperation. Netflix helped us get through a difficult year at home, and the 2021 Oscar will surely celebrate that achievement.

Yes right Even with 35 nominations – the most of any distributor this year – Netflix has deteriorated.

On Monday, when the Oscar nomination was announced, there was a catastrophic lapse: Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Aaron Sorkin was left out of the Best Director category to helm. While Sony’s “Nomadland” is the film to beat for a long time, many “tests” felt it might make it somewhat unbalanced. In a way, Sorkin’s film is this year’s “Spotlight”, with wide-ranging emotions, an iconic ensemble and an important piece of history. Maybe it can pull an upset.

But for now the only annoying people are its creators. Yes, the film won a Best Picture nomination with “Nomaland”, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “The Father,” “Munk” “Minery,” “Promising Young Woman” and “Sound of Metal”. But the acclaimed drama’s hopes were dashed by Sarkin Snub. Just one flick – “Green Book” – has won Best Picture without Best Director since the year 2000, and it was a blip to say the very least.

Another example in which Oscar yelled “Nyet-flix!” A steamy adaptation of August Wilson’s Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman starring August Wilson was slated for a Best Picture for Steamer’s “Ma Rainey Black Bottom”. Both lead actors were nominated, and Bosman is a shoo-in to win a posthumous award, but the film itself will not compete.

no fear! David Fincher’s “Munk” Will Save The Day! Eh, don’t bet. While ode to Old Hollywood leads the pack with 10 nominations, the enthusiasm of all film has been muted. It also led the in the Golden Globes and won none. In fact, “Manc” may very well go the way of “The Irishman”, currently the weakest film at the Oscars since “The Color Purple” dropped out of its 11 categories in 1986.

“Munk’s” best hopes are a victory for production design and, perhaps, for best supporting actress are Amanda Seyfried, whom Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Maria Baclova (“Borut Subvendivitum”), Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Allegi” ) And Yun Yuh-jung (“Minari”).

The brightest spot for Netflix will be filled with sadness at the April 25 ceremony, when Bossman won Best Actor for “Ma Rainey Black Black”.

Otherwise, no matter how many millions of subscribers acquire it, Netflix simply cannot satisfy a few thousand picker Oscar voters. It may be that some of the free subscriptions get out of hand next year.

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