by Helvine Achieng
March 17, 2021
Netflix on Monday landed 35 Academy Award nominations for 16 films in this year's Oscars. The films include "Mank" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7," leading a pack of streaming services that offered movies at home while the coronavirus pandemic shut theatres.
"Mank," a black-and-white drama about 1930s Hollywood, topped all films with ten nods, including best picture, director, actor and supporting actress.
This year's Oscar contenders played on streaming services or were offered via video on demand as movie theatres around the world closed to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
"We learned a lot of hard lessons last year, but a nice one was that people will find a way to go to the movies, even if they can only go as far as their living rooms," said Aaron Sorkin, director of historical drama "Trial of the Chicago 7."
Sorkin's film also was nominated for best picture, giving Netflix two shots at the film industry's top prize. The company began releasing original movies in 2015 but has never won best picture award.
The selected Netflix films will compete with recession drama "Nomadland," which is currently playing in theatres and streaming on Walt Disney Co's Hulu. Disney scored 15 Oscar nominations overall, including three for the animated Pixar movie "Soul" on the Disney streaming service.
Amazon Studios earned a spot in the best picture race with "Sound of Metal," the story of a drummer who loses his hearing and 12 nominations overall, a record for the company. "One Night in Miami" picked up three nominations.
Apple, too hasn't been left behind after Apple Inc received its first Oscar nominations for movies on Apple TV. They included a best-animated feature nod for "Wolfwalkers."