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Netflix movies nominated for the Oscar 2021

Barck Obama and David Fincher could win an Academy Award for their movies already on Netflix.

Netflix already had a taste of the glory of the Oscar with films such as Rome, The Irishman and Marriage Story , and it is increasingly clear that its intention is no longer just to entertain us, but to dominate the game of cinema and series, and demonstrate to the major studios (along with Martin Scorsese) that streaming is the future of cinema.

The first time a Netflix movie reached the Oscars , critics and film purists went crazy, they did not believe that a streaming movie, especially if it had not been released in the traditional format, did not take place at an awards ceremony that, historically, has recognized the projects that are released on the big screen.

Netflix came to change the scheme and, although at first it was not even mentioned in the awards, the Academy had no choice but to adapt to the times, especially after great directors and actors, such as Scorsese himself , Alfonso Cuarón, Scarlett Johansson, Noah Baumbach and more, made the jump to streaming.

Is cinema just what is broadcast on a giant screen and shot on an analog film? Of course not, and it no longer makes any sense to hold on to the past. This year it taught us that even cinema has to find new ways to stay in touch with audiences, and that gives Netflix and other streaming platforms the upper hand .

2020 has certainly been a strange year, and although the billboards around the world are relatively empty, a few great films were nominated for an Oscar, even without being released. In the case of Netflix, there are 10 titles that got nominations in different categories.

Netflix movies that could compete at the Oscars in 2021:

Not all of these movies are Netflix originals and not all of them go for best picture, but they are all on the platform and could receive nominations in different categories at next year’s awards.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 

Director: Aaron Sorkin

What nominations does it have? Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography and Best Editing

Sorkin’s film, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Radmayne, is based on the true case of 7 people who were brought to trial after the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. In the trial, they tried to manipulate the truth to make it look like they were guilty, but a good strategy by their lawyers ended up turning the 7 men into heroes.


Director: David Fincher

What nominations does it have? Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Costume, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Production Design

Fincher’s new film Mank stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried and is the story of Herman Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who worked with Orson Welles to create Citizen Kane, which is considered one of the best films in history. of the cinema.

Mank is a movie within a movie and he shows us the incredible process behind creating a classic, celebrating Old Hollywood in all its glory, and that’s something the Academy appreciates. True stories always have extra points, plus Gary Oldman already deserves another Oscar for Best Actor.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Director: George C. Wolfe

What nominations does it have? Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume, Best Makeup, Best Production Design 

The film takes us to Chicago in 1927, to a recording session with the famous Ma Rainey, her ambitious trumpeter and her white manager determined to exploit the so-called “Mother of the Blues.” 

The film is based on the work of Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and is said to score several victories, most notably one for Chadwick Boseman as a supporting actor.

The Life Ahead

Director: Edoardo Ponti

What nominations does it have? Best Original Song 

This is Sophia Loren’s return to the movies and tells the story of an orphan boy who is taken in by a woman who is a Holocaust survivor who is dedicated to rescuing homeless children. At first, she is not convinced, but little by little the boy wins it over and one ends up transforming the life of the other. 

Ponti’s film is a good dose of drama, plus it has great characters and a moving story, but it only got one nomination for its original score. 

Pieces of a Woman

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

What nominations does it have? Best actress

This is not a Netflix original movie , but the streaming giant made sure to get it after seeing it by storm at the Venice Film Festival, where its lead, Vanessa Kirby, won top recognition. Kirby now garnered a Best Actress nomination for her role as a mother dealing with the death of her baby. Pieces of a Woman, which also stars Shia LaBeouf.

Over the moon

Director: Glen Keane, John Kahrs

What nominations could it get? Best Animated Feature Film

Glen Keane worked in the art department responsible for creating some of Disney’s best movies – Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and Tarzan – and is now back with Over The Moon, which is now available on Netflix . The film is a musical that follows a girl who builds a rocket to travel to the Moon, hoping to meet the mysterious goddess who lives on Earth’s natural satellite.

Crip camp

Director: James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham

What nominations does it have? Best Documentary

Produced by Barck Obama , this documentary tells the story of an old summer camp for teens with disabilities that sparked a revolution, transformed the lives of its campers, and started a historic movement that would change the world forever. Crip Camp is poignant, hopeful fun, and has everything to make it one of the Oscar-recognized documentaries.

My Octopus Teacher

Director: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed

What nominations does it have? Best Documentary

This is a crazy and interesting way to explore the sea. In this story, a filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus that lives in a kelp forest in South Africa and learns as the animal shares the mysteries of its world.

A Love Song for Latasha

Director: Sophia Nahli Allison

What nominations does it have? Best Short Documentary 

A portrait of violence linked to racism and discrimination. A Love Song for Latasha recounts injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins in a south-central Los Angeles store, which became a focal point for the 1992 civil uprising in the city.

The mole agent

Director: Maite Alberdi

What nomination do you have? Best Documentary 

This fictional documentary begins when a private investigator hires an 80-year-old man to infiltrate a nursing home, where he must check to see if caregivers are abusing residents. 

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