Netflix had previously received 15 Academy Award nominations and two wins since 2014, but never in the best picture category. The critically acclaimed Netflix film “Roma” landed a best picture Academy Award nomination and several other nods Tuesday morning as the streaming service continued breaking through old Hollywood barriers.
In another first, Roma is the first best picture nominee for which there are no box office grosses. The vast majority of cinemas won’t play a Netflix title since the streamer doesn’t honor traditional windows. Netflix was able to book Roma in roughly 100 cinemas in the U.S. — many of those were rented — for several weeks or more, but it hasn’t reported any numbers. Overall, Roma earned a total of 10 nominations, while Netflix nabbed 15 in all.
While earlier Netflix films have received Oscar nominations, mostly in the documentary fields, “Roma” is the company’s first best picture contender. Before “Roma,” Netflix’s best showing at the Oscars was “Mudbound,” which received nominations in the supporting actress, adapted screenplay, song and cinematography categories last year.
“Roma,” directed by Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity.
The Academy Awards will be presented on February 24.