Amazon and Netflix Celebrate First Oscar Wins For Streaming Services

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon and Netflix yesterday collected the first Academy Awards for streaming services, sharing four gold statuettes between them at this year's Oscars.

    Amazon Studios bagged a Best Actor trophy for Casey Affleck's portrayal of a grieving man in "Manchester by the Sea". Bought by Amazon for $10 million at the Sundance film festival, the movie also won Best Original Screenplay. It has earned $46.8 million at domestic theaters, and is set to appear later this year on Amazon's Prime Video service.

    Scene from "Manchester by the Sea", courtesy K Period Media

    Amazon also gained another accolade for Best Foreign Language Film with Iranian drama "The Salesman," which the company distributed in the United States and Canada.

    Netflix won Best Documentary in the short-subject category for 40-minute film "The White Helmets", which followed volunteer rescue workers in war-torn Syria. The Netflix Original was directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.

    According to one former Wall Street analyst, Apple's first Academy Award is not too far away either. Venture capitalist and tech ponderer Gene Munster predicted on Friday that Apple will win an Oscar in five years.

    "We think Apple will win an Oscar in the next five years," Munster wrote in a research note issued by his company, Loup Ventures. "That's how long it will take for Apple to scale its original content spend from less than $200 million today to $5-7 billion."

    According to Munster, Apple's moves towards making original content to drive user engagement with its ecosystem will turn increasingly towards movies and TV series, as it aims to boost revenues to its Services division, which includes Apple Music and iTunes.

    Apple has already unveiled plans to launch two unscripted series on Apple Music, "Planet of the Apps", which shares a format similar to talent-based reality show The Voice and Shark Tank, and "Carpool Karaoke", based on the popular James Corden segment from The Late Late Show. In addition, Apple is also working on "Vital Signs", a dark semi-autobiographical drama starring Dr. Dre, which will also be used to promote Apple Music.

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  2. KieranDotW macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    Sorry, Apple. I don't think "Planet of the Apps" will ever be award-worthy
  3. B.K., Feb 27, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017

    B.K. macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2014
    I'd like to see them win a technical award, like they did winning an Emmy for their FireWire development. Holding my breath on that one though.
  4. adamneer macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Ugh, how did Netflix's "13th" not win best documentary?
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Or even be interesting to watch. :p
  6. Macaholic868 macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2017
    What will come first, a new Mac Pro or an Oscar?
  7. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    A hot docu drama "The New Mac Pro." #twofer
  8. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Ava wasn't banned from the country?
  9. Labeno macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    Neither, they both need much more time in Tim's pipeline to become magical
  10. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    So, within the next 5 years Apple will have an Oscar, but not a new Mac.
    Sounds about right.
  11. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    Let's think about this rationally for a moment. Do we REALLY want to see them celebrating if Apple ever wins an Oscar?

  12. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    And the Oscar goes to... Apple!


    No, wait... sorry, the Oscar goes to Amazon. There's been a mistake. They got the wrong card. The Oscar goes to Amazon.
  13. KazKam, Feb 27, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017

    KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    Um, actually Casey Affleck bagged a Best Actor trophy. What the hell does Amazon have to do with Casey Afflec getting an award based on his acting chops? Would he not have won it if Sony Pictures had been the distributor of the same film?
  14. 512ke macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    And every time Apple produces a movie or series, Samsung will release a movie or series based upon the exact same premise, first.
  15. melendezest Suspended

    Jan 28, 2010
    Thanks to Netflix and Amazon for being committed to providing AWESOME first-party content.

    This will hopefully keep them going on that trend, and will embolden them to keep picking up series other networks ignore or drop.

    I LOVE both of these services, and together they provide all the entertainment I need (save the movie theater).
  16. Lone Deranger, Feb 27, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017

    Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I'm part of the team of artists that won the Oscar, BAFTA and VES for Best Visual Effects with The Jungle Book. Mac Pros have completely disappeared from artist's desks here and my 2010 Mac Pro at home will soon need to be replaced. I fear this time around it will have to be a Windows based workstation because Apple just doesn't care about professionals like us anymore. 'Content consumption over content creation' has sadly become their motto. So tragic.

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