Amazon has not only scored its first Oscar nominations with
Manchester, it has also become the first streaming service to earn
a best picture nod.
Manchester received six total nominations, including Kenneth
Lonergan for directing and original screenplay, Casey Affleck for
lead actor, Lucas Hedges for supporting actor, and Michelle
Williams for supporting actress. The Salesman, Iran’s selection in
the foreign-language film category — which Amazon is distributing
in the United States — also received a nomination, bringing
Amazon’s total nominations to seven.
Amazing success story for Amazon. There’s been a lot of talk over the last decade or so that Hollywood was wary of Apple doing to them what the entertainment industry thinks they did to the music industry. In the meantime, Netflix and Amazon are kicking their asses.