Are you tired of being in the dark at the Oscars because not all the movies have released in South Africa?
Well, this year Netflix is the first streaming service to score 8 nominations in various categories for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards… Which means that you’ll be able to watch them! To get yourself ready for the big night we have selected some of our favourite Netflix Original nominees you can watch right now.
Set in the post-WWII South, Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy, and an unrelenting landscape, as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. The film is about friendship, unacknowledged heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land.
Mudbound has been nominated in four categories: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song (‘Mighty River’), Best Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige and Best Achievement in Cinematography for Rachel Morrison.
A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and give a nation with a false sense of justice.
Strong Island has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature category.
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On Body And Soul tells the story of Endre and Maria, two mismatched strangers who meet in their industrial jobs, and soon are astonished to discover they are somehow sharing the same wondrous dream in their sleep every night. Can the two achieve the same level of harmony during the day when they are together?
On Body and Soul has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
In the audacious documentary Icarus, director Bryan Fogel’s bold gambit was this: to investigate doping in sports, Fogel (an amateur bike racer) would dope himself, observe the changes in his performance, and see if he could evade detection.
In doing so, he was connected to a renegade Russian scientist, Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, a pillar of his country’s ‘anti-doping’ program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the centre of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.
Icarus has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Heroin(e) focuses on the once bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia that has become the epicentre of America’s modern opioid epidemic. With an overdose rate 10 times the national average, the crisis threatens to tear this community apart.
Heroin(e) has been nominated for Documentary Short Subject.