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Idris Elba War Drama ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Stirs Oscar Talk

JENNIFER SEFA-BOAKYE | OkayAfrica   in  · ·
March 4, 2015

After a recent Netflix acquisition, Oscar talk is stirring up for Emmy Award-winning True Detective director Cara Fukunaga‘s forthcoming Idris Elba-starring film adaptation of Beasts of No Nation. According to Deadline, Netflix is expected to pay up to $12 million for global streaming and theatrical release rights to the film, which Fukunaga and Elba shot last summer in Ghana. With the streaming company outbidding major studios for the distribution rights to the $6 million production, Beasts is poised to be a major contender come Oscar season. In order to be considered for the film industry’s top honors, Netflix must first distribute the film in theaters before making it available to stream online. Congolese environmental documentary Virunga, another of Netflix’s recent acquisitions, was recognized with a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary after a similar rollout this past November…

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