Netflix, the online streaming service that broke through at this year’s Primetime Emmys by snaring the award for direction of a drama series with "House of Cards," is setting its sights on the Academy Awards, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Last Friday, Nov. 1, the Times broke the story that Netfilx was negotiating to "acquire exclusive rights to ‘The Square,’ a documentary about the Egyptian revolution that has won prizes at the 2013 Sundance and Toronto film festivals." That deal has since closed.
The Times also said that the acquisition "puts Netflix into the thick of Oscar season barely a month after it was a force at the Emmys with multiple nominations for buzzy political soap opera ‘House of Cards.’ ‘The Square’ is currently getting a self-financed Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles and is tabbed as a favorite in the documentary category. In the [L.A.] Times on Friday, [the paper’s movie critic] Kenneth Turan called the film ‘articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic.’ "