Netflix and HBO Lead Emmy Nominations (Jul 13, 2017)
Amazon has become the first streaming service to have a movie it owns nominated for best picture at the Oscars. This follows years of Netflix and Amazon content receiving nominations for TV awards, and Netflix has previously earned nominations in other categories. The catch here is that Amazon released Manchester by the Sea in theaters, so it feels much more like a traditional release than most of Netflix’s movies (The Little Prince, a Netflix-owned movie that didn’t debut in theaters, was not nominated in the best animated feature category despite being well received). So although there’s some symbolism here, it’s mitigated a little by the fact that the movie still received a traditional theatrical distribution (and did well there). It is ever clearer, however, that Amazon and Netflix (and potentially others) will continue to grow as a force in movie acquisition – the Sundance Film Festival is underway at the moment and we’re likely to see several more big buys there as the streaming companies beef up their libraries with exclusive content.