The 94th Annual Academy Awards took place in Hollywood and with the return to theatrical releases over the past year, the focus on streaming platforms was a lot more subdued when compared to the previous edition.
The biggest standouts from the world of streaming were ‘CODA’ which was distributed by Apple TV+ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ which was produced by Netflix. Several films were released in theatres alongside their availability on select streaming platforms.
Films like ‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘Tick, Tick…Boom’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’ picked up multiple nominations under the Netflix banner but failed to win any of the awards in their categories.
‘CODA’ won the academy awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, while one of its stars, Troy Kotsur won the academy award for Best Supporting Actor. The film is about a young girl who happens to be the only speaking and hearing member of a deaf family.
CODA is an English-language remake of a French film called La Famille Bélier which was originally released in 2014. It was the first film to be officially distributed by Apple TV+
‘The Power of the Dog’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch bagged a whopping 12 nominations but only ended up winning an academy award in the Best Director category with Jane Campion picking up the award. Campion is the first woman to be nominated for best director twice after initially receiving a nomination for her film ‘The Piano’ in 1994.
‘Cruella’ was yet another film that saw a side by side release in theatres and streaming platforms after being made available on Disney+. The film won the academy award for Best Achievement in Costume Design. There is set to be a sequel to the film with Emma Stone reprising her lead role.
The movie ‘Dune’ went away with the most number wins on the night, securing a total of 6 awards. ‘Dune’ was initially released in theatres and is now available for streaming on Prime Video.