October 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm #196718
Netflix announced that three million people have streamed “Beasts of No Nation” so far, which is more than ever would have watched such a tough movie in theaters and more than will probably have watched a lot of this year’s awards contenders. This could be a watershed year for the academy with streaming content. Will they be as quick to nominate Netflix as the Emmys have been, or will they be threatened by the fact that most people are watching the movie on a small screen or (gasp!) a computer screen?
Streaming seems like an existential threat to the movie business as it’s currently structured, but I’m sure there are also plenty of academy members excited about the creative opportunities on Netflix (some academy members are already taking advantage of those opportunities). Will the Netflix factor help or hurt?October 30, 2015 at 8:26 am #196720
Netflix has already broken into the Oscars in the Documentary category, but I think it will be a while before it breaks into the “major” categories. This could maybe get Idris Elba his first nomination, but that is the only prediction I would make at this moment and that’s because of the streaming effect.
Television has embraced this, because in a way they had to, the film industry does not have to yet, and I think many executives/producers will push back on this, for now. Especially with the way the box office publicity, or lack of box office strength was tackled.
I honestly wanted to see this on the big screen, but it was so limited I have not gotten to see it yet, but I think I will have to break down, and just Netflix this. I am also not sure I am a fan of companies just streaming thing, half the fun of the movies is going there, and experiencing something on the big screen.October 30, 2015 at 9:43 am #196721
I want to believe that Netflix will be an awards competitor, either this year (because Beasts of No Nation is a brilliant film) or for many years to come, but the underlying difference between television and film is that the film industry is money-driven (and there’s a ton of it) in a way that the TV industry isn’t. The capital that films raise because of their ability to win Oscars is major. For that reason, the studios and producers, etc. that have strong holds on the film industry are not likely to acquiesce their power. Similarly, I don’t think the Emmys are as dominated by power-weilding members in the same way that the Academy is.October 30, 2015 at 11:50 am #196722
Is “Beasts” eligible at the Golden Globes as both Best Film Drama AND Best TV Movie? Why not, right?October 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm #196723
I think the day/date release was a mistake, but I don’t think voters were going to go for that film in any case.October 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm #196724
Is “Beasts” eligible at the Golden Globes as both Best Film Drama AND Best TV Movie? Why not, right?
I’ve been wondering why this hasn’t come up yet. If Virunga and Going Clear can blur awards lines then why not narrative features? If their Oscar campaign does not take off they might as well go for EmmysOctober 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm #196725
I was lucky enough to see Beasts of No Nation in a theatre and I think it definitely helps with the film. It is not as powerful when you view it by yourself on a small screen. I wish Netflix put more of an effort into getting the film into more theatres. The same day release doesn’t bother me but viewers should have more of an option. The film only played in one theater here in town and it was hard to get to. From what Inhave read online the academy and guild screenings have gone well though. As long as enough voters experience a group viewing I think it still has a chanceOctober 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm #196726
I worry that this film will suffer a backlash. Remember at the Tony Awards when Harvey Weinstein and his 1 million box office a week couldn’t break into major categories due in most part to the negative attention about how the musical was written and produced. I fear Beast of No Nation might suffer from snobs being unhappy that everyone got to see this film from the comfort of their homes and not just the voters sent screeners. Also their has been a lot of attention on the fact that they only released it in certain cities to qualify for the Oscars and Netflix could care less that they lost money on doing so. How ironic if Elba could win an Oscar for a film primarily available on Netflix and Spacey cannot win an Emmy for House of Cards.October 31, 2015 at 8:28 am #196727
I think it was always an upper-tier longshot (at least for Picture and Director), even if it wasn’t a Netflix film. Regardless, Elba’s performance should break into the Supporting Actor race easily.
I saw it on Netflix the day it came out, and it was my favorite film of the year until I saw Steve Jobs. Its directing, acting, cinematography, and musical score are all amazing. I would love for it to be nominated in more categories, but I really don’t see it happening past Elba.
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