Will Netflix at the Oscars break MGM’s record after 85 years?

Variety points out a paradoxical perspective: Netflix, the streaming giant, could be the least moral triumph at the next Oscars.

In the film industry’s toughest year, a symbolic paradox is on the horizon, as Variety points out: Netflix has in its 2020 booklet several works eligible for the Academy Award for Best Picture, so many that in the Oscars ceremony scheduled for April 25, 2021 (postponed due to pandemic) and even before the announcement of nomination, could beat or at least reach the record held by Metro Goldwyn Mayer for 85 years.

Netflix, its possible nominations for the 2021 Oscars

It was 1937 when the MGM took home five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, with A girl’s paradise (who later won the statuette), Woman of the day, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco e The two cities. Netflix in 2021 is starting on that path, even if the most quoted at the moment are only three, that is Mank by David Fincher, The Chicago Trial 7 by Aaron Sorkin, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with the late Chadwick Boseman. The other two are less likely but could still be drawn from an inclusive roster The Prom con Meryl Streep, Da 5 Bloods by Spike Lee e The Midnight Sky by and with George Clooney, all products compatible with the tastes of the Academy in that category.
Vada as it goes, the Variety writer notes that, even in a year in which theatrical distribution has been impaired if not canceled, the important products that have reached the public are not lacking, thanks to the streaming: If Netflix hits the MGM record, this would only make the period we are experiencing even more momentous for our industry.

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