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Amazon Steals Netflix’s Spotlight to Become Toast of Hollywood

  • Online retailer’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Is Up for Six Oscars
  • A run in theaters avoids alienating filmmakers, cinema owners
Casey Affleck stars in Manchester By The Sea.

Casey Affleck stars in Manchester By The Sea.

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Amazon.com’s strategy of sticking to Hollywood’s time-honored traditions helped deliver a big payoff that has so far eluded its streaming rival Netflix -- the first-ever best picture nomination for an online video service.

“Manchester by the Sea,” a family tragedy set in Massachusetts, was nominated Tuesday for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, one of nine movies that will vie for the top honor. The film secured six Oscar nominations in all, including ones for acting, writing and directing.