Oscar 2020: Netflix–Marriage Story, Laundromat, Dolemite Is My Name

Netflix, the streaming service dominated the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, fielding a number of critical favorites such as Marriage Story and The Two Popes that seem destined to become Oscar contenders.

There were also buzzy crowd-pleasers like Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy.

Netflix has come a long way in just a few years, manifest by the fact that A-list directors still clung to the notion of theatrical releases in mass multiplexes. That narrative has changed as a result of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which scored 10 Oscar nominations last winter and cemented the studio’s reputation for being filmmaker-friendly.

Even Meryl Streep, who stars in Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, offered a glowing endorsement for why she’d starred in her first Netflix film.