With Netflix setting the record for the most Oscar nominations ever by any film studio (24) they were expected to steal the show come Sunday night but it was a whole different turnout for the streamer as it only managed to walk away with just two golden statuettes.
Laura Dern won in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Nora in “Marriage Story” the only award won out of the six nominations stacked by streaming service.
Netflix’s “American Factory” won the studio, its second award of the night in the category of “Best Documentary” produced by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. It was the first award for the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground. The 44th president and first lady weren’t present at the award but took to Twitter to congratulate the filmmakers on the documentary’s Oscar win.
The streamer’s $180million film “The Irishman” directed by Martin Scorsese struck out at the Academy Awards despite racking 10 out of its 24 nominations. The 3-hour movie which is based on a nonfiction book written by Charles Brandt with a star-studded cast in Robert De Niro, Al Paquin, and Joe Pesci was expected to do well at the award but came up as a surprise when it didn’t.
The biggest winner of the night was South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film & Best Original Screenplay as Parasite earned a surprise sweep and beat Netflix in first two categories.