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Netflix, Nat Geo land Oscars

Roma led the field with 10 Oscar nominations

British actor Olivia Colman, National Geographic and Netflix were among winners at this year’s Academy Awards, but the streaming giant missed out on winning its first best picture Oscar.

Netflix’s Spanish-language original film Roma had led the field with 10 nominations ahead of yesterday’s ceremony but lost out to Green Book in the best picture category.

The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film, shot in black and white, follows a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighbourhood of Roma in Mexico City.

However, the critically acclaimed movie still reeled in three Oscars, with Alfonso Cuarón beating off competition as best director from the likes of Pawel Pawlikowski, who helmed Cold War for rival streamer Amazon.

Roma also took the Academy Award for best foreign language film and best cinematography, marking something of a coup for Netflix, which is still battling the awards circuit in film and, to a lesser extent, TV because of its non-traditional background.

Certain cinemas do not run Netflix originals because of its policy of not sticking to traditional theatrical release windows.

It was also a successful night for National Geographic, which saw its climbing show Free Solo secure the best documentary feature Oscar. It was produced by National Geographic Partners and beat off competition from docs including Hulu’s skateboarding show Minding the Gap.

Elsewhere, Olivia Colman took the best actress award for The Favourite while Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek won the Oscar for best actor.

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