This specific’s no coincidence of which two newcomers to the best picture race – Netflix along with Disney —are facing off This specific year on the awards stage ahead of their coming digital battle. While Netflix pushes into the Hollywood establishment, Disney is usually on the precipice of generating a major push into digital, with its streaming service Disney+ launching within the fall.

Disney’s role at the Oscars has generally been limited to its animated films, nevertheless of which’s changing This specific year.

Fox drew the most nominations, 20, followed by Disney with 17. With Fox’s Disney acquisition likely to close any day today, consider those awards combined, along with they show the combined company’s true scale.

The nomination of “Black Panther” for best picture, having a total of 7 nominations, is usually momentous for many reasons, including the fact of which This specific’s the first-ever superhero movie to be nominated for Hollywood’s top award. With its $1.37 billion worldwide take, the film is usually a rare example of a studio’s ability to win the box office, critical acclaim, along with at the same time shape the social conversation with its almost entirely black cast. The film not only defied expectations, This specific also re-wrote the rules about what types of movies along with stars “work” – both within the US along with overseas. The Academy’s consideration of This specific comic book character also validates Disney’s ongoing investment in Marvel, with 5 movies within the works to launch This specific year.

Disney, unlike Warner Brothers along with Universal, has said explicitly of which This specific’s not interested in shortening the window between theatrical along with at-home releases. This specific doesn’t seem to have any need to, as evidenced by its 26 percent domestic box office market share last year along with 22 percent the year before. One industry insider pointed to the fact of which Disney has moved some movies originally designed for theatrical Discharge — such as a “Lady along with the Tramp” remake — to Disney+. Because of Disney’s ever growing size along with the power of its franchises, This specific doesn’t need to shorten windows — like Netflix, This specific can make the windows entirely disappear along with bring theatrical content straight to consumers.

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