Tonight, like every year, the 93rd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles. As has been the case for several years, Netflix is present at this event and rarely leaves empty-handed. That year, Netflix won 7 statuettes and becomes the most awarded studio of the night. However, the streaming platform won’t get the ultimate reward of the evening.
The Oscar for best picture went to Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao, who also won the Oscar for best director. A disappointment for Netflix, which had nominated two films in this prestigious category: Mank and The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Netflix isn’t the only streaming platform featured at the Oscars. Disney + has also won two awards for Soul, the Oscar for best animated film and the Oscar for best soundtrack. For its part, Amazon Prime Video won the Oscar for Best Editing and Best Sound with Sound of Metal.
Facebook makes its debut at the Oscars
To this day it is no longer surprising that Netflix, Disney + or even Amazon Prime Video received awards at the Oscars. This year, however, there will be a new kid on the stage in 2021. Facebook was awarded for the first time during this symbolic ceremony. It was Colette, a 24-minute French short film produced by Oculus and Electronic Arts to herald the arrival of a WWII-related VR game that enabled Facebook to win the Oscar for Best Short Documentary Material.
THANK YOU COLETTE AND LUCIE FOR SHARE YOUR STORY. THANKS TO THE ACADEMY. THANKS TO @ea @guardian @oculus and @respawn for believing in this project. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THIS FILM. We are honored beyond the words. #oscarwinner pic.twitter.com/MlUm8xX4av
– Colette – Documentary (@ColetteDocShort) April 26, 2021
Over the years we’ve seen a lot of changes in the film industry through the Oscars. This historic first award for Facebook as well as Netflix, which unsurprisingly won 7 out of 35 nominations (the most nominated company of the evening), shows how consumer habits are changing and in particular the impact of the pandemic and health crisis on the seventh art.