Netflix at the Oscars: What Movies Are Nominated

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Netflix is taking on Hollywood this year with 15 Oscar nominations.

Happy Academy Awards Day! Start preparing your snacks and get ready to start live tweeting about what everyone is wearing. For the first time in decades, the awards ceremony won’t have a host and I’m pretty sure we’re all wondering what is going to happen. Who is going to make the acerbic, unkind jokes that will hurt everyone’s feelings? The world is unjust.

This year Netflix has 15 nominations. 20th Century Fox has 20, followed by Disney and Universal’s film divisions with 17 each. Paramount has one. It’s a pretty big year for the streaming service. We take a look at the films and nominations that Netflix is up for this evening at the Academy Awards.


Roma

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing

For the first time, Netflix is in the coveted Best Picture category. The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song

A six-part Western anthology film, this movie tells a series of tales about the American frontier through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.


End Game

Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject

Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? Acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175) probe these questions and more in the context of two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities on the forefront of creating new paradigms for end of life decisions with grace.


Period. End of Sentence.

Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject

In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. “Period. End of Sentence.” — a documentary short directed by Rayka Zehtabchi — tells their story. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.”


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