For the first time in Academy Award history, the studio with the most nominations is a streaming service.
On Monday, Netflix nabbed 24 nominations for the big awards ceremony, more than any other media company in the industry this year. Netflix’s achievement illustrates a new attitude from the Academy toward streaming services.
Martin Scorsese’s mobster epic “The Irishman” garnered 10 nominations, “Marriage Story” scored six, “The Two Popes” earned three and its first animated feature “Klaus” found itself on the best animated feature ballot.
Additionally, Netflix earned nominations for two feature documentaries (“American Factory” and “The Edge of Democracy”) and one documentary short (“Life Overtakes Me”).
Netflix’s road to the Oscars hasn’t been an easy one. The streaming service has clashed with creators, theater owners and the Academy.
As recent as April, the Academy was warned by the U.S. Department of Justice that its potential rule changes, which would limit the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services, could raise antitrust concerns and violate laws aimed at protecting competition.
However, in the past, the biggest sticking point for Netflix was with theater owners. Traditionally, Hollywood studios, and even Amazon, have agreed to 90-day theatrical release windows, which means a film has to run in theaters for about three months before being available on video-on-demand or on a streaming service’s site or app.