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Netflix wins Oscars for Mank, Octopus

Off The Fence and Netflix documentary coproduction My Octopus Teacher

Global streamer Netflix won seven awards at the Oscars last night, the highest tally among all the major studios.

Netflix received 36 nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards, with at least one nominee in 22 of the 23 categories.

The SVoD service’s wins included two Oscars for drama/comedy film Mank – one for cinematography and one for production design – while musical drama film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom picked up the award for makeup and hairstyling and another for costume design.

In addition, Netflix won Oscars for documentary feature My Octopus Teacher, live-action short film Two Distant Strangers and animated short film If Anything Happens I Love You.

Elsewhere, Disney picked up five awards, comprising three for Searchlight Pictures drama film Nomadland – one for best picture, one for best director and one for best actress – and two for its Pixar film Soul, which scooped the awards for best animated feature film and best score.

Warner Bros won three Oscars, comprising best supporting actor and best song for drama film Judas & the Black Messiah and the visual effects award for action/thriller film Tenet.

Amazon Studios took home two awards for drama film Sound of Metal – one for film editing and one for sound.

Other streamers nominated for awards were Apple, which received one nomination for family/adventure film Wolfwalkers and another for WWII film Greyhound, and Hulu, with one nomination for drama film The United States vs. Billie Holiday, but both walked away empty-handed.

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