Ava DuVernay’s 13th nominated for Best Documentary and Casey Affleck nominated for Best Actor in Manchester By the Sea in the 89th Academy Awards.
Ava DuVernay brings in Netflix’s only Oscar nod with a nomination in the Documentary (Feature) category. The powerful film 13th, now streaming on Netflix, investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly among African Americans. The title references the 13th Amendment of the Constitution abolishing slavery. 13th won three Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Political Documentary, Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) and Best Director. It also won the Satellite Best Documentary Award and nominations for Best Documentary in the Independent Spirit Awards, BAFTA and the NAACP Image Awards.
Amazon Studios makes history with Manchester by the Sea‘s six Oscar nominations, becoming the first streaming service to receive a nomination for Best Picture. In addition, Casey Affleck is nominated for Best Actor for his performance as the grieving Lee Chandler. Manchester by the Sea is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Direction (Kenneth Lonergan), Actor in a Supporting Role (Lucas Hedges) and Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams). The film has won over 15 awards this year, including Golden Globes Best Actor and Critics Choice Best Actor.
We couldn’t be more proud of our accomplished directors and all those involved in these projects.