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With a major push into this year's fall film festivals, Netflix flexes its awards season muscle

With a major push into this year's fall film festivals, Netflix flexes its awards season muscle

Having finally unseated HBO in this year’s Emmys derby — with 112 nominations to HBO’s 108 — Netflix is prepping for the next big awards race.

The streamer may have gotten the boot from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but Cannes rarely produces what Netflix wants: a best picture Oscar. That honor often goes to a film from the fall festival season, which began in earnest Wednesday with the opening of the Venice Film Festival. And having poured vast resources in recent years into building up its storehouse of original and acquired films, Netflix is planning a full-court press.

With such highly anticipated films as Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white, Spanish-language...

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