The 92nd Academy Awards were held last night and Netflix may not have had the best time. The streaming giant had more nominations than any other studio going in, and managed to secure two Oscars out of them.
Shockingly, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which held the bulk of those nominations failed to win a single Oscar. It was the Supporting Actress and Documentary Feature categories that hit the bull’s eye for Netflix.
Laura Dern received the best supporting actress award for her role in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. The original film about a couple’s divorce brought home Netflix’s first ever Oscar in acting.
The second win came in the form of American Factory‘s best documentary feature award. It is the story of an Ohio plant restarted by a Chinese billionaire. Netflix did celebrate two victories but it is safe to say that the Oscars are still a tough space to crack for OTT platforms.
The service has always made an impact at the Oscars since its inception but has failed to crack awards in acting till now. Last year, director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma won 3 Oscars in the best Director, Cinematography and Foreign Film category.
This year too Netflix looked all set to pierce its way into the Oscars and strike its strongest blow on Hollywood yet. However, even legendary director Martin Scorsese along with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to hit the home run.
The world is going through a digital revolution but it remains to be seen if any original OTT film brings home a Best Actor, Actress or Picture Oscar anytime soon.