With Mank and The Chicago Seven as a big favorite, Netflix could break records and win many statuettes at the 2021 Oscars.
In recent years, Netflix has become a real heavyweight in the Hollywood industry. The platform has welcomed into its ranks prestigious filmmakers, such as Martin Scorsese, Alfonso Cuarón, or even, more recently, David Fincher, with his highly anticipated Mank . The new film from the director of Seven and Zodiac is also already predicted, by the first critics, as one of the big favorites at the next Oscars.
And every year, for some time now, Netflix has increased its power at the Oscars. In 2018, Netflix had nine nominations (for a statuette). In 2019, it was fifteen nominations, including ten only for Roma (which will win three Oscars including best director). Finally, in 2020, the platform had 24 nominations in all categories (two Oscars, including one for Marriage Story, but zero for The Irishman despite these ten nominations).
And in 2021, given its prestigious catalog, the streaming giant could well beat new nomination records, including the one held by MGM for 85 years in the best film category.
Gary Oldman, on his way to another Oscar for Best Actor in Mank?
Indeed, as Variety recalls, MGM holds the record with five films of the firm nominated for the Oscar for best film in 1937, and won by the studio thanks to The Great Ziegfeld .
For the moment, Netflix has never won this statuette in previous years and sets its own two-way record with the respective nominations of The Irishman and Marriage Story in the premier category in 2020. But in 2021, with the health crisis due to the Covid-19 and the extension of this eligibility season, Netflix seems to have the ability to challenge MGM and above all to finally win the Grail.
Netflix invading the Oscars
First of all, the platform has Mank by David Fincher and The Chicago Seven by Aaron Sorkin in its ranks , two of the big favorites to win the Oscar for best film . In addition to these two, the early reviews of The Blues of Ma Rainey, with the late Chadwick Boseman in his last role, suggest that the feature film has every chance of being nominated in this category at least.
In addition, according to some, Boseman could win the Oscar for best actor posthumously, which would make him the second actor to receive this honor in this category after Peter Finch for Network, low hand on the television of Sidney Lumet, in 1977.
And obviously, it's not over with Netflix: Midnight in the Universe, George Clooney's post-apocalyptic SF blockbuster, would also have a great chance of securing a nomination in this category in addition to the more than likely technical nominations. . It must be said that George Clooney already has two Oscars to his credit, including that of best film for Argo, which should not be underestimated in this race.
A posthumous Oscar for the late Chadwick Boseman?
Finally, to match the MGM record, Spike Lee's Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods: Blood Brothers is also in the race to be among the nominees in the category. His summer outing could weaken his chances, but his good reception and his very committed words seem the sufficient way to keep him in the small papers. It is also said that the late Chadwick Boseman could also be nominated posthumously in the category of best supporting role.
With these five films, Netflix could already equal MGM's record for Oscar nominations for best film. And he could even surpass him as the list of possible contenders is long between the musical The Prom, but also the heartbreaking drama Pieces of a Woman, the family drama An American ode or the camera Malcolm & Marie (for which Netflix no did not hide his ambitions). The platform could therefore largely dethrone the MGM record.
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So obviously, nothing is done and we must temper. For Netflix, the record is still a long way off since it will still be necessary to beware of the Golden Lion Nomadland by Chloé Zhao, the magnificent Soul of Pixar studios, the spectacular Tenet in the technical categories or even the One Night in Miami of its competitor. Amazon Prime Video. However, with so many possibilities in its basket, the platform seems more than capable of securing a string of Oscars in all categories in 2021.
While waiting for the verdict of the nominations for this ceremony which will take place in more than five months, remember that David Fincher's Mank is expected for December 4, 2020 on Netflix . And you can always find out what you think of Aaron Sorkin's Chicago Seven , the other big favorite, with our review available here.