Streaming service to release doc nominee 'The Square' on Friday
Netflix has won an Emmy and Golden Globe. It’s now one step closer to taking home an Oscar.
Netflix received its first Academy Award nomination on Thursday for “The Square,” a documentary it picked up in November from the festival circuit, and starts offering through its streaming service on Friday.
The film, directed and produced by Jehane Noujaim, revolves around Egypt’s 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of leaders Hosni Mubarak and Mohammed Morsi. It was nominated in the best feature documentary category.
The Oscar nod comes after “The Square” won the People’s Choice Award for a documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Audience Award for World Cinema at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
It competes with “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars” and “20 Feet from Stardom” for this year’s feature documentary Oscar.
Documentary filmmakers are at the forefront of leveraging digital platforms to get their projects off the ground and for distribution. Last year’s winner in the short subject documentary category, “Inocente,” was funded on Kickstarter.
But Netflix has quickly established itself as a major player at awards shows, with Robin Wright taking home a Golden Globe as best actress in a TV drama for her role in “House of Cards,” and David Fincher receiving a directing Primetime Emmy for his work on the series. Netflix received 14 Emmy nominations for “Cards,” “Arrested Development” and “Hemlock Grove,” and six Golden Globe noms for “Cards,” “Arrested Development” and “Orange is the New Black.”
The Academy Awards take place March 2, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.