Apple takes a jab at rival streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, says it has received more award recognitions faster than any competitor

Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video
Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video

  • Apple received its first Oscar nominations for “Wolfwalkers” and “Greyhound.”
  • Apple said it has received more award recognitions at a quicker rate than any other streaming service.
  • Apple’s subscriber growth has been much slower compared to Disney Plus.
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Apple is asserting its place among streaming services by raking up award nominations.

The company received two Oscar nominations on Monday: Best Animated Feature for “Wolfwalkers” and Best Sound for “Greyhound.” The two nominations were Apple’s first since launching its streaming service in November 2019.

Apple said it has received a total of 81 awards wins and 329 nominations to date.

After the Oscar nominations, Apple said in a blog post it has received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Originals have received wins and nominations for Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and more, the company said.

“Nothing is more exciting than seeing these unique and meaningful films resonating with both critics and audiences globally,” Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video, said in a release. “We are incredibly proud of what we’re building at Apple.”

Apple shook up the streaming service industry after releasing its $4.99 product, at least a few dollars less per month compared to rivals like Netflix and Hulu. But Apple offers significantly less content than Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu because it solely offers original content.

Apple’s subscriber growth has been much slower compared to Disney Plus, which also launched in November 2019. Within 16 months, Disney amassed 100 million global subscribers – a number that took Netflix 10 years to reach. Though the company has not released subscriber numbers, Apple TV Plus had just 3% of market share in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a JustWatch report obtained by 9to5Mac.

Late last year, CEO Tim Cook announced Apple would group services like streaming, news, and music starting at $14.95 a month. Services account for nearly one-fourth of the company’s revenue, behind only the iPhone.

Insider’s Lisa Eadicicco reported leadership departures, including that of legendary designer Jony Ive, in the last several years have ushered in a change in direction at Apple. The company is reportedly working on ambitious projects like a foldable iPhone, self-driving car, and a virtual reality headset.

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‘Promising Young Woman’ is nominated for 5 Academy Awards – here’s how to watch the thriller at home

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Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman.”

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Promising Young Woman” is now streaming through a variety of digital services. The thriller is the directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, whose previous writing credits include several episodes of “Killing Eve.”

The film tells the story of Cassandra Thomas (Carey Mulligan), a young woman who seizes the opportunity to take revenge on a group of men responsible for a traumatic event in her past. Fennell’s smart script and direction infuse the thriller with elements of dark comedy. The movie also stars comedian Bo Burnham as Mulligan’s love interest, along with Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Clancy Brown (“Highlander”), and Alison Brie (“GLOW”).

The film received five 2021 Oscar nominations, including best picture, best directing (Fennell), best actress in a leading role (Mulligan), best original screenplay, and best film editing. “Promising Young Woman” was also nominated – but lost – in four categories at this year’s Golden Globes. Fennell was among two other female filmmakers nominated for best director. It was the most nominations for female directors in the show’s history.

The movie has received positive reviews from critics, and currently holds a 90% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you want to see what has critics and audiences talking, you can now watch the film at home.

How to watch ‘Promising Young Woman’

Promising Young Woman” premiered on streaming services on January 15. The movie is currently only available to buy, but a rental option will return on March 16.

You can buy “Promising Young Woman” for $20 on a number of video-on-demand (VOD) platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, RedBox, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft.

The movie is available in a number of formats, including 4K Ultra HD with HDR, high definition (HD), or standard definition (SD). Once the rental option is added back, most platforms will allow you to rent the film for a 30-day period but, after you start the movie, you only have 48 hours to watch it.

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Digital rental services are available on a variety of media devices and smart TVs. You can find more information about how to rent movies online here.

For people who prefer DVD and Blu-ray releases, “Promising Young Woman” will be available to buy on disc starting March 16. You can preorder the Blu-ray for $25 on Amazon, which is just $5 more than the cost to buy the streaming copy.

What other Oscar-nominated films can I watch?

Aside from “Promising Young Woman,” a number of other Oscar-nominated movies are available to watch at home through VOD providers and streaming services. This includes best picture nominees “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Mank,” which are both available exclusively on Netflix.

Nomadland,” another nominee for best picture, follows a woman leaving her small town behind to travel across America in search of a new life. It was released on Hulu on February 19, the same day the movie premiered in theaters.

There are several ways you can watch Hulu, but our recommendation is to take advantage of the $13 per month bundle that includes ESPN+ and Disney Plus. The bundle will also give you access to other Oscar-nominated films, like “Onward” and “Soul” on Disney Plus.

Meanwhile, if you want to watch the music-centric film “Sound of Metal,” another nominee for best picture, you can stream it exclusively through Prime Video. The streaming service alone costs $9 a month, but it can be paired with Amazon Prime for $13 a month or $119 a year.

Other best picture nominees “The Father” and “Minari” are – or will soon be – available through VOD platforms. “Minari,” a drama following a Korean American family’s new life in the US, is currently available to rent for $20 via platforms like Vudu and Prime Video. “The Father,” on the other hand, will be available to purchase starting March 26.

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