Apple TV+ Awards Film Push Heats Up

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Streaming services’ push for Oscars becomes harder to ignore every year, and Apple’s role in that push is becoming much clearer as 2020 comes to a close. 

Last week, Apple dropped its long-gestating “On the Rocks” feature, which Variety film awards editor Clayton Davis last week predicted will be nominated for Best Picture. Starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, the film marks a shift from the more serious and nonfiction feature films Apple has released to date. 

One of those nonfiction titles is Apple’s documentary original “Boys State,” which released on the service in mid August. Davis predicts “Boys State” will be nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. 

Even if “Boys State” doesn’t nab that nom, Apple’s eligible titles for Best Documentary Feature continue to grow.  

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You” also dropped last week on Apple TV+, which announced the title‘s release date earlier in October.  

Upcoming feature docs from Apple that could compete for the Best Doc Feature Oscar include “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” (out in theaters and on Apple TV+ in February 2021) and “The Velvet Underground” (release date TBA).  

Davis currently sees these titles as having a better shot than “Letter to You” at getting nominated for Best Documentary Feature. 

Other potential Apple Oscar contenders with yet-to-be-announced release dates include “Cherry” and “Palmer.  

The former title is bigger budgeted, according to Variety InsightAnd its star Tom Holland gives an Oscar-worthy performance, according to film co-director Joe Russo. 

So it’s no surprise that Davis sees “Cherry” as having a better shot than “Palmer” at a Best Picture nomination.