Friday, June 4, 2021

Amazon Oscars

This past week, Amazon announced it was buying MGM. Okay, they're calling it a merger, but it's Amazon buying MGM. That gives Amazon a lot of movies, and some pretty darn good ones, including a lot of Academy Award winners, many of which won Best Picture.

MGM claims credit for twelve Best Picture winners:

As a company, MGM boasts more than 177 Academy Awards® in its vast library. Among those are 12 Best Picture Winners. These films include; Hamlet (1948), Marty (1955), The Apartment (1960), West Side Story (1961), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Rocky (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Platoon (1986), Rain Man (1988), Dances With Wolves (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Maybe I need to do some more research, but there are more Best Picture winners that MGM won over the years, either as the studio, who took the award prior to 1950, or from it's acquisition of United Artists:

  • The Broadway Melody
  • Grand Hotel
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • The Great Ziegfeld
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Those are some pretty good films. Well, most of them. I don't think all of those were necessarily the actual best movie of that particular year, but they are some pretty good films. And dare I say it, Prime entertainment.

Variety calls the deal "a way to supercharge its Prime Video service with a slew of well-known entertainment titles." I'm sure that's the case, but I do wonder if there are agreements for MGM movies on other streaming services. But, yeah, they'll show up there.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll eventually get more of those movies. If not, maybe this will push you to consider it. It shouldn't. Nothing's going to change for a while. Still, Amazon Prime is a good way to get lots of viewing options and make your Streaming Life a more enjoyable one.

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