Will Netflix be the winner of the 2021 OSCARS?
<Chicago 7> receives great critical acclaims…Netflix’s chance to win the OSCARS thanks to the delay of theater openings.
Due to COVID-19, the most anticipated films in Hollywood are postponing the release one after another and Netflix emerged as the 2021 Oscar's biggest ambush.
While the Academy Awards has tried its best to accommodate studios for next year’s Oscars by extending the eligibility window to February 28, 2021, and pushing the ceremony to April, the concerns are growing that the line-up for the nominees might not be set for the 2021 Oscars with the ongoing pandemic.
Steven Spielberg's musical film 'West Side Story', which was anticipated to be an Oscar-winning film, postponed its release for a year, originally scheduled to be released in December 2020. 'Dune', starring Timothée Chalamet, directed by Denis Villeneuve, also gave up the release within this year.
This pandemic situation has made an opportunity for Netflix. Netflix has been knocking on the door of the Oscars by making films with Oscar-winning master directors and actors and releasing its masterpieces at the end of the year that can appeal more to the Oscar season. Last year, Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman', Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story', and 'The Two Popes' starring the famous actor Anthony Hopkins, etc., aimed to win the Academy. However, at the 2020 Oscars, Netflix won only two Oscars.
However, this year, as it seems hard for the theaters to be normalized, Netflix has taken the lead. Adding on, for the first time, the Academy also voted to change the provisional regulations that movies only aired through the online could enter Oscars in 2021.
The prospects are already bright. Critics' praise for Netflix's first masterpiece 'Trial of the Chicago 7', which recently premiered, has already been endless. the Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, the best playwright of the 21st century, grabbed the megaphone. Since the premiere, local critics in the US have been pouring praises such as "The Best Movie of 2020" and "A Movie That Will Work for the Oscars Next Year".
Not only 'Trial of the Chicago 7', but also 'Mank', which is directed by another Master David Pincher, is expected to be released through Netflix this year. It is also predicted as a leading Oscar candidate.
It is worth watching the changes that will occur in the film industry after the 2021 Oscars, which did not acknowledge the legitimacy of movies released via Streaming Platforms. It is exciting to see what ripple effects will be created in the Global Media Industry.