Amazon began in 1994 as an online bookstore that later diversified by offering DVDs and CDs before it began selling everything under the sun. Not satisfied, they soon launched Amazon Prime and in 2012 would offer access to movies and television programs for monthly membership fees. So, it was a natural next step that they would begin producing their own original content. Click through our photo gallery above highlighting the Top 24 Amazon originals, from “Transparent” to “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”
The streaming network has been making strides the past two years at the Emmy Awards, mostly on the comedy side. “Transparent” is currently their premiere show, amassing 21 nominations and eight wins including Best Comedy Actor for Jeffrey Tambor (2015-2016) and Best Comedy Directing for Jill Soloway (2015-2016). Their dramas have had mild success, with “The Man in the High Castle” winning two Emmys: Cinematography for a Single Camera Series and Main Title Design (2016).
Currently Amazon is in a race with Netflix to be the first streaming service provider to win a series race. But all that might be about to change as the Christina Ricci-led “Z: The Beginning of Everything” is a hit with fans and Soloway’s new show “I Love Dick” (which will be released May 12) brings Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn back to TV as a married couple that falls for the same professor.
One thing Amazon has accomplished recently that has definitely irked Netflix is the success of its first major-motion picture, “Manchester by the Sea.” It scored six Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan), Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges) and Best Original Screenplay (Lonergan). Compared to how Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” performed, earning zero nominations, Amazon is off to a great start with their films.
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