Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Production Company Gets 1st Oscar Nomination

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Production Company Gets 1st Oscar Nomination

Higher Ground Productions have even received their first Oscar nomination from their production company, which was unveiled to the public in 2018 when they signed a deal with Netflix. Despite the United States factory just released on Netflix a year ago during the Sundance Film Festival, it is now among other productions to be considered the best documentary.

The film "American Factory" produced by the Obamas' production company Higher Ground was nominated for best documentary feature.

The new film is a follow-up to the pair's 2009 Oscar nominated documentary The Last Truck, capturing the shuttering of the Moraine GM Assembly Plant. "This is exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve through Higher Ground".

"Glad to see American Factory's Oscar nod for Best Documentary", the former president tweeted. "Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!" "Barack Obama explains that he liked the movie because of its" subtle, candid depiction of how the changing world economy plays out in real life.

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Since its release, American Factory has earned a number of accolades, including Best Documentary prizes from the Gotham Awards and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and nominations at the BAFTA Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. It offers a window into people as they really are and is the kind of story we don't see often enough. Last October, the documentary was also part of the films nominated for the Documentary Critics Awards. When not checking the latest Twitter trends, I am either watching The Golden Girls or soccer.

The Oscar nod follow's Reichert's and Bognar's Best Directing Award win at the Sundance Film Festival past year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony will take place February 9 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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