There was a time when you needed to have a Cineplex monthly pass and a lot of spare time on your hands if you wanted to get up to speed with the nominated films, performances and best in costume design during awards season. But the film industry is undergoing seismic changes.
New players such as Netflix and Amazon are muscling in on Hollywood’s territory, snapping up film rights and waving blank cheques in front of A-list stars and crew to produce cinema they can call their own. This year, Netflix lured one of US moviemaking’s finest directors, Mr Martin Scorsese, away from the traditional studios to make The Irishman, the veteran filmmaker’s three-and-a-half-hour mob epic.
The business model means more bums on sofas, but both Netflix and Amazon are also in it for the prestige. Neither has made a secret of the fact it wants to muscle in on awards season, too. The upshot of all this is that audiences are increasingly able to see the most garlanded films of the year much earlier, much more easily.