The nominations came out on Thursday, with The Square facing competition from The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars and 20 Feet From Stardom. All of those except for 20 Feet From Stardom are available to stream on Netflix. 20 Feet From Stardom is available through Netflix's DVD plan.
Netflix announced its acquisition of The Square in November, naming it the first original major original documentary in its big documentary push. Shortly thereafter, Netflix acquired The Short Game, which debuted last month and Mitt, which will premiere on Netflix on January 25th.
The Square follows the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
“We are thrilled to be presenting an amazing film that brings to life in such a deeply human way one of the most important events of our time,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming, of the acquisition. “The Square is documentary filmmaking at the highest level – a beautifully constructed chronicle of brave people struggling against insurmountable odds to make their country a much better place. One knows that history is unfolding on the screen before you when watching The Square.”
Here's what documentarian Jehane Noujaim had to say about her film on The Daily Show.
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