Amazon has become the first streaming service to pick up an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The nomination is for the drama 'Manchester by the Sea', which sees an uncle struggling to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
The film – which is distributed by Amazon Studios – picked up a total of six Oscar nominations. It was also Amazon's first Golden Globe winner.
Its nominations in full are for: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Casey Affleck), Actor in a Supporting Role (Lucas Hedges), Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams), Directing (Kenneth Lonergan), Writing (Original Screenplay) (Kenneth Lonergan).
Amazon paid a whopping $10 million just for distribution rights for 'Manchester by the Sea', so it will no doubt be glad that its investment has paid off.
The flurry of nominations will do much to raise Amazon's profile, especially at a time when it's being dwarfed by Netflix. Indeed, Netflix only picked up one Oscar nomination, for Ava Duvernay's race documentary '13th'. Still, with just shy of 100 million customers worldwide, we can't image Netflix is worried.
Source: The Oscars