‘The Lady In Number 6′ Gets Netflix Its First Oscar

    March 3, 2014
    Chris Crum
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The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life won the Oscar for documentary short on Sunday evening. While Netflix hasn’t yet made any official announcements about the film, multiple reports last week, indicate that Netflix acquired it.

The film was up against CaveDigger, Facing Fear, Karama Has No Walls, and Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.

The Lady in Number 6 is about Alice Herz-Somer, the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor until her death, which just happened just a week before the Oscars.

Reports from both The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire said the film would premiere exclusively on Netflix on April 1st in the U.S. and Canada. Both shared this statement from producer Nicholas Reed:

“Telling Alice’s story was a life-changing experience for everyone involved with the film. We are so glad to partner with Netflix so that their viewers will be able to enjoy Alice’s infectious love of life and bright spirit. Netflix viewers and future generations will be able to learn so many life lessons from this most amazing woman.”

Deadline and Variety have also reported on the acquisition.

Netflix’s more widely publicized Oscar nominee, The Square, did not win in its category (Documentary Feature), though it and most of the other nominees are available to stream on the service. The winner, 20 Feet From Stardom, is not.

Netflix’s presence was felt more through Kevin Spacey’s presentation than anything. He began in his Frank Underwood voice.

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  • Chris

    I understand Netflix has acquired the film (or the rights to offer it for online viewing) but how does that become “Netflix won an Oscar” for the film? That leap is an insult to the film makers and their subject.

    • Chris Crum

      I get what you’re saying, but Netflix has ushered in a new era of video consumption, and just as it was noteworthy when its “original” shows won awards (these were also produced by other people), it’s noteworthy that it has acquired a film, which won an Oscar. It further establishes Netflix as a powerhouse and pioneer in this format. Because of Netflix, a lot more people will get to see the film than otherwise would have.