The Academy nominated their groundbreaking documentary American Factory for the Best Documentary category.
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are officially Academy Award nominees, giving them another achievement to add to their long list of accomplishments. The Academy on Monday nominated their groundbreaking documentary American Factory for the Best Documentary at the Oscar. The documentary will compete against four other stellar documentaries, including The Cave, The Edge of Democracy, For Sama, and Honeyland, CNN reports. Barack and Michelle, in two different posts on social media, announced their gratitude for the nomination while people from all over the world congratulated them.
American Factory is an original documentary by the Obamas' production company Higher Ground Productions, in partnership with online streaming giant Netflix. The documentary narrates the story of a General Motors factory in Dayton, Ohio, and how it was shut down, affecting thousands of workers and the community at large. It has been received fairly well; American Factory has received incredible praise from critics and has a 96% approval rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes as well as a Metacritic score of 86 out of 100.
Now, this is why it doesn't come as a surprise to many that the documentary was nominated for the prestigious award in the first place. In response to the nomination, Obama himself responded in a tweet, "[I am] glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!"
Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 13, 2020
Michelle added, "I couldn’t be happier that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind American Factory have been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. What Julia and Steve capture on film is at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real — exactly the kind of story Barack and I wanted to lift up with Higher Ground Productions. I hope you’ll see for yourself by checking it out on Netflix."
Bognar and Reichert too announced in a joint statement that they were "over the moon at today's news." The duo affirmed, "The fate of working people around the globe is under great pressure and duress, and we hope American Factory can give voice to their journey." All five documentaries nominated for Best Documentary Feature narrate stories of empowerment and have moved their audiences, so the jury is sure to have a tough time deciding who should take home the highly coveted Oscar. The 2020 Academy Awards is set to take place on February 9, 2020.
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