The 7 Netflix films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar since entering the race in 2018

Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Don’t Look Up’.netflix

  • Seven Netflix movies have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

  • It leads the total number of nominations for three consecutive years, but the top prize has eluded the company.

  • This year’s “Power of the Dog” is the streamer’s best chance to win.

This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday and Netflix topped all other studios with 27 nominations in total.

This is the third year in a row that the streamer has dominated. His director Jane Campion’s slow-burn western, “The Power of the Dog,” led all other films with 12 nominations, catapulting it to front-runner status.

The movie is Netflix’s best chance yet at winning the Best Picture Oscar, which the company has eluded since bursting into the race with “Roma” in 2018. Adam’s Netflix movie McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” was also nominated for the top prize this year.

Seven Netflix films have been nominated for best picture as the company has attracted big-name filmmakers in recent years like Martin Scorsese and David Fincher. The seven films have landed 58 nominations combined with a handful of wins between them so far.

It hasn’t been without a try on Netflix’s part. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2020 that Netflix was spending around $100 million on its Oscar campaign. The previous year, Vulture announced that it had spent up to $60 million.

While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has yet to award a streaming original film its best Oscar, it has steadily embraced streaming in recent years, a sign of how the film industry has evolved. was accelerated only by the pandemic.

Amazon landed 12 nominations last year, including a best picture nod for “Sound of Metal.” This year, Apple received its first Best Picture nomination for “CODA”, just two years after the launch of Apple TV+.

This year could be Netflix’s year, as “The Power of the Dog” seems to be ascending. And then there’s “Don’t Look Up,” which is both Netflix’s lowest rated and least nominated Best Picture contender, but also by far the most popular. The climate change satire is Netflix’s No. 2 film of all time, just behind “Red Notice” with 359.8 million hours watched worldwide in its first month, according to the company.

This year’s Oscars honoring films from 2021 are scheduled for March 27.

Below are the seven Netflix films that were nominated for Best Picture, including the total number of nominations and wins they received:

“Roma” (2018)

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Directed by Alfonso Cuaron.Film Shows El Coyúl/Netflix

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

The description: “Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid and moving portrait of the journey of a domestic worker in the context of the domestic and political troubles of the 1970s in Mexico.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 96%

What Critics Said: “”Roma” comes and goes, its quiet, episodic moments tied together by quasi-epic imagery and themes, until the distinction becomes impossible (and unnecessary) to make. It’s a symphony – a cohesive piece, without a single misplaced note.” — Polygon

Total number of applications: ten

  • Picture

  • Director – Alfonso Cuarón (won)

  • Foreign language film (won)

  • Cinematography (won)

  • Main actress — Yalitza Aparicio

  • Supporting Actress – Marina de Tavira

  • Original screenplay

  • manufacturing design

  • sound editing

  • sound mixing

“The Irishman” (2019)

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Director: Martin Scorsese

The description: “Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back on the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family in this acclaimed Martin Scorsese film.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 95%

What Critics Said: “It’s to gangster movies what John Ford’s ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ was to westerns. Without a doubt, it’s a masterpiece.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Total number of applications: ten

  • Picture

  • Director – Martin Scorsese

  • Supporting Actor – Al Pacino

  • Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci

  • Adapted scenario

  • Cinematography

  • manufacturing design

  • costume design

  • Film editing

  • Visual effects

“Marriage Story” (2019)

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Director: Noé Baumbach

The description: “Oscar-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage that is torn apart and a family that remains together.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 94%

What Critics Said: “Baumbach’s main characters are written and act straight as befits their personal integrity, but the rest of Marriage Story is done along the lines of a satirist – a penetrating and often inspired satirist.” — Vulture

Total number of applications: Six

  • Picture

  • Supporting Actress – Laura Dern (won)

  • Main Actor — Adam Driver

  • Main actress – Scarlett Johansson

  • Original screenplay

  • Original score

“Mank” (2020)

Mank Gary Oldman

“Mank” was directed by David Finchernetflix

Director: David Fincher

The description: “1930s Hollywood is reassessed through the eyes of withering wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish ‘Citizen Kane.'”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 83%

What Critics Said“Mank is a tale of triumph, the kind that has been told countless times on the big screen, but never quite with that stirring blend of realism and regret.” – Atlantic

Total number of applications: ten

  • Picture

  • Cinematography (won)

  • Production Design (won)

  • Director – David Fincher

  • Main Actor – Gary Oldman

  • Supporting Actress – Amanda Seyfried

  • Ring

  • Original score

  • Make-up and hairstyle

  • costume design

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2020)

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Director:Aaron Sorkin

The description“What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 89%

What Critics Said“The film is effective despite its shortcomings. It’s an ensemble piece that cleanly tells a complex story. And even its missteps suggest why Sorkin chose to return to this historic moment now.” – Voice

Total number of applications: Six

“Don’t Look Up” (2021)

Jennifer Lawrence in a green turtleneck

Jennifer Lawrence in “Don’t Look Up”.netflix

Director: Adam McKay

The description: “Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humanity that a planet-killing comet is hurtling towards Earth. A distracted world’s response: Meh.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 56%

What Critics Said“Don’t Look Up is a blunt instrument instead of a razor-sharp one, and while McKay may believe we’re long past subtlety, that doesn’t mean the howl of a sheep awakened by a man in the abyss is funny, or insightful, or even watchable.” – Rolling stone

Total number of applications: Four

  • Picture

  • Original screenplay

  • Film editing

  • Original score

“The Power of the Dog” (2021)

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Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”.Kirsty Griffin / NETFLIX

Director:Jane Campion

The description: “A bossy but charismatic rancher wages a war of intimidation against his brother’s new wife and teenage son – until long-hidden secrets are revealed.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 94%

What Critics Said: “‘The Power of the Dog’ builds tremendous strength, gaining its momentum through the harmonious discord of its performances, the edgy rhythms of Jonny Greenwood’s score and the grandeur of its visuals.” – New York Times

Total number of applications: 12

  • Picture

  • Director — Jane Campion

  • Main actor — Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Supporting Actress – Kirsten Dunst

  • Supporting Actor – Kodi Smit-McPhee

  • Supporting Actor – Jesse Plemons

  • Adapted scenario

  • manufacturing design

  • Ring

  • Cinematography

  • Film editing

  • Original score

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Alfonso E. Cramer