The 2018 Oscars are right around the corner and everyone is invited…except maybe Hulu. While Hulu’s streaming competition — Netflix, Amazon, and go90 — received nominations, the underdog streaming service did not receive a single one.
Hulu’s lack of nominations is due to the company’s non existent output of original films in 2017. While Hulu dabbles in original series, it has yet to take the step into feature films. However, the company is home to a handful of documentaries that premiered in 2017, none of which were nominated.
It was quite the opposite story for Netflix, whose total number of subscribers now stands at more that 110 million. The streaming platform’s “Mudbound” was nominated four times, including for best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best adapted screenplay (Dee Rees and Virgil Williams) and best original song (“Mighty River”). Additionally, “Mudbound‘s” Rachel Morrison has become the first woman nominated for best cinematography.
Netflix also performed well in the best documentary feature category, with nominations for both “Icarus” and “Strong Island.”
In addition to Netflix’s nominations, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) were nominated for their screenplay for “The Big Sick,” which was distributed by Amazon Studios.
And go90-distributed “Dear Basketball,” an animated short film from Believe Entertainment adapted from a poem Bryant authored upon his retirement from the NBA, has become the first project distributed by the Verizon-owned company to earn an Academy Award nomination.
“From the very start we staunchly believed in Kobe and Glen’s remarkable vision and the exceptional talent of the team assembled,” said Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III, Executive Producers for “Dear Basketball,” Co-Founders, Believe Entertainment Group. “And now, over 12 months later bringing the production and distribution together into this incredible project is just more than we could possibly have imagined. We’re thrilled to be part of this tremendous honor.”