Prediction: Jeff Bezos Will Get His Oscar Wish Next Year
There’s a good bet that a streaming service like Amazon will take home an Oscar.
The staff of Fortune recently assembled its predictions for 2017. Here’s one of our forecasts.
For as long as anyone can remember the Oscars have been the dominated by iconic Los Angeles studios. But Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made it clear that he wants one of the gold statues—and 2017 could be the year, if not for Bezos than for another streaming service. Netflix has come the closest, but still fell short after scoring Academy Award nominations in the Best Documentary category each of the past three years.
In 2017, though, Netflix NFLX 1.09% has particularly strong contender in the doc genre with 13th, director Ava Duvernay’s (Selma) exploration of race and the U.S. criminal justice system. Meanwhile, Amazon AMZN 0.04% has a strong Oscar candidate in its devastating drama Manchester by the Sea, which the e-commerce giant bought for a whopping $10 million at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.