So this isn’t the Oscar moment that everyone’s talking about, but it’s also kind of big deal: Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, both distributed by Amazon Studios, won a collective three Academy Awards tonight.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even got a shoutout in host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.Manchester by the Sea won for Best Actor (Casey Affleck, who won despite resurfaced allegations of sexual harassment) and Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan). It was also Amazon’s very first nominee for Best Picture.
The Salesman, meanwhile, was named Best Foreign Film. Iranian director Asghar Fahadi declined to attend the ceremony due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban — the award was accepted instead by astronaut Anousheh Ansari, who read a statement from Fahadi denouncing “the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”
Netflix didn’t go home empty-handed, either: Its film The White Helmets won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.