It could be a rough night for Netflix.
The academy’s old guard has resisted a dogged push by Netflix to join the best picture club, arguing that, since the streaming service does not release its films in a traditional theatrical manner, its offerings should be better considered by Emmy voters.
But the streaming giant seemed to be holding a very strong hand this year. “The Irishman,” Scorsese’s gangster character study, received 10 nominations. Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” got six. “The Two Popes” goes into the ceremony with three.
In the end, Netflix may have to do a lot of smiling through gritted teeth. Prognosticators were predicting two wins: supporting actress (Dern) and documentary (“American Factory”). Dern name-checked her “friends” at the streaming service, including Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, before tearfully thanking her parents, the Oscar-nominated actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. “You got game,” she said.
Rain on the red carpet.
The soggy red carpet did little to dampen the mood of the guests who showed up in droves two hours before the show’s start. Inside the Dolby Theater, the trend of serving only plant-based food on the awards circuit continued, with taro root tacos, cucumber wrapped avocados and eggplant crisps. “I couldn’t tell if it was onions or radishes,” said one befuddled guest.
Hollywood’s power brokers are all in attendance. But only Jeff Bezos was given his own trays of food as he stood at a high-top table in the lobby bar, snacking with his son and keeping tabs on his phone.
Maya Rudolph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Spike Lee, all scheduled to present, mingled among the guests. Lee was dressed in a custom-made purple and gold tuxedo with “24” on the lapels to honor Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash two weeks ago. “I called my friends at Gucci,” he said, referring to how the tribute suit came to be.
Even the show’s producer Stephanie Alain, who is helming the telecast with Lynette Howell Taylor, was out mingling before the start of the show with her husband. “It’s going to be a great show. Very musical,” Alain said. She was glancing at her watch to see when she needed to head backstage. When asked if she’s been extra stressed in the lead up to the show, her husband said, “Oh, she’s loves this.”
By Brooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling