Netflix top streamer among 2023 Oscar nominees, but overall streaming presence is scant

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled Tuesday its list of 2023 Oscar nominees, and streamers seem to have come up short. Netflix, Apple and Amazon collectively bagged 19 nominations, down from 37 in 2022.

Netflix came out on top with a total of 16 Oscar nominations, with nine of those going to the streamer’s remake of “All Quiet on the Western Front” – the only streaming movie to snag a Best Picture nomination this year. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” which Netflix briefly promoted in theaters before releasing it on the service, earned a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Comparably, Netflix last year earned 27 Oscar nominations, including two Best Picture nominations for “Don’t Look Up” and “The Power of the Dog,” the latter winning a Best Director award. Whereas the 2023 Directing category doesn’t have a single streaming contender in its ranks.

Apple meanwhile secured two nominations, which pales to the six it received in 2022. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” was nominated for the Animated Short Film category, while Brian Tyree Henry is a contender for Best Supporting Actor in Apple TV+’s “Causeway.”

Apple’s “CODA” made history last year as the first streaming movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture. “CODA” also walked away with two additional awards in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Amazon this year came away with just one nomination for “Argentina, 1985,” which is in the running for Best International Feature Film. The Prime Video streamer snagged four nominations in 2022 but didn’t win in any of its categories.

Perhaps the reduced number of streaming nominations isn’t so surprising, given 2022 saw a resurgence in movie theater attendance. Some films stayed in theaters for a longer theatrical window before moving to streaming services.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is up for six Oscar nominations, played in theaters for nearly seven months before landing on Paramount+ on December 22. Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” had its theatrical release in November but will arrive on Disney+ February 1 – marking a roughly three-month theatrical window.

For Netflix’s part, it’s leveraging the box office to drive subscriber engagement. Speaking on the company’s Q4 earnings call, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos commented he was “thrilled with every aspect” of the “Glass Onion” release, which “created a bunch of demand” for the service.

The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 12, and it will be televised on ABC.

In related news, Netflix snagged a multi-year deal to stream the Screen Actors Guild Awards. That ceremony will be streamed on February 26 via Netflix’s YouTube channel, but will eventually move to Netflix’s platform starting in 2024.