Viola Davis stars in Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
In one night, Netflix nearly doubled its number of Oscar wins.
On its way to Sunday’s 93rd annual Academy Awards, the streaming service had 36 Academy Award nominations in 17 films – the most of any distributors on this year’s list.
At the end of the night it received seven trophies. The second highest record went to Disney, which took home five awards.
Since 2013, when Netflix received its first nomination for best documentary for “The Square,” the platform has taken home eight Oscar awards. Now his collection is 15 strong.
Here are the awards Netflix won on Sunday night:
- Best hairstyling and make-up for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
- Best costume design for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
- Best Documentation for “My Octopus Teacher”
- Best Live Action Short Film for “Two Distant Strangers”
- Best Animated Short Film for “If Something Happens I Love You”
- Best production design for “Mank”
- Best camera for “Mank”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” earned Netflix two victories: the best hairstyling and make-up and the best costume design.
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, two-thirds of the hairstyling and makeup team who worked on the film, made history on Sunday. The couple are the first black woman to receive a nomination for best makeup and hairstyling, and now the first to win. Makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera is also part of the Oscar winner.
Netflix should also take home the win for Best Actor as the late Chadwick Boseman posthumously received Best Actor Awards at the Critics Choice, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” this year. had received. However, the award went to Anthony Hopkins for his heartbreaking performance on “The Father”.
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The streaming service’s film “Mank”, which revolves around Citizen Kane co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, led the pack with 10 nominations. It secured two victories. One for the best production design and one for the best camera.
Netflix was also recognized for Best Live Action Short Film, Best Animated Short Film, and Best Documentary.
The tech company has steadily increased its nominations at Hollywood’s top awards show over the past eight years, proving that it has made quality decisions about the product it has purchased or manufactured in-house.
Netflix is known for filling its platform with content to keep subscribers month after month, but it also attracts top talent. This Oscar class alone included names like Aaron Sorkin, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, David Fincher, Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Nominations alone are enough to add prestige to the streaming service, but wins can be even more enticing for filmmakers looking for more creative freedom in the industry.
The trophies could also attract new subscribers to join the service if they haven’t seen the winning films. That would be a welcome development given Netflix’s disappointing subscriber growth in the first quarter. The company attributed the slowdown to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed some of its high profile shows and films.
Netflix stock is down more than 6% since the start of the year, increasing its market value to $ 224 billion.