Netflix was nominated twice in the Best Documentary Feature category, for “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about jazz vocalist Nina Simone, but it lost to a film about another troubled singer, “Amy,” exploring the life of Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.
Last year, Netflix earned a nomination for the documentary “Virunga,”director Orlando von Einsiedel’s exploration of efforts to protect the world’s last mountain gorillas against the threats of war, poaching and oil exploration. It ultimately lost to the “Citizenfour,” about the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. In 2014, it was nominated for director Jehane Noujaim’s doc “The Square,” about the Egyptian uprising. The film lost to “20 Feet From Stardom.”
Netflix can take small consolation in fact that Leonardo DiCaprio — who served as executive producer on ‘Virunga” — won his first Oscar for Best Actor for “The Revenant” last night after losing four times previously.