The documentary 'American Factory' has been nominated in the Best Documentary Category.
'American Factory' is the first movie that was released by Netflix under their agreement with the Obamas and it was produced by Michelle Obama's production house 'Higher Ground.' The movie takes a closer look at the impacts of the closing of General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, and explores the effects it had on the lives of the people there.
According to the Netflix press release, The film "takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans." The movie has made it to the Oscar nominations now and may well be on its way to win the Best Documentary of the year.
Michelle Obama had posted on Instagram saying: "I couldn’t be happier that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind #AmericanFactory have been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. What Julia and Steve capture on film is at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real—exactly the kind of story Barack and I wanted to lift up with Higher Ground Productions. I hope you’ll see for yourself by checking it out on @Netflix."
Barack Obama also shared the great news on Twitter where he wrote: "Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!"
Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 13, 2020
Kudos to the former first couple and all the very best to them for their nomination!