While Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are all churning out boatloads of original content, the race to land the best exclusive films for their catalog doesn’t always get quite as much attention. Still, there’s a lot to be said for boasting a lineup of movies people actually want to watch (or have even heard of). Amazon clearly hasn’t forgotten this, because they has signed a deal ensuring that they’ve got at least one 2016 Oscar winner in their upcoming lineup.
Deadline reports that Amazon has extended an already existing deal with A24 Films, which means the Prime catalog will soon gain exclusive streaming rights to Moonlight, the drama that took home the Best Picture Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards. Moonlight will join the Prime lineup beginning on May 21, when it will be available to stream for Amazon Prime customers at no additional charge.
Directed by Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), Moonlight follows a young gay man named Chiron, tracking his life through three distinct periods: childhood, his teenage years, and as an adult. His life charts a course of tragedy, abuse, and fleeting moments of hope for something better. Moonlight was written by Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, based on McCraney’s unpublished play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The play — and the film — are both based loosely on McCraney’s own life.
Moonlight took home scores of awards and nominations in addition to Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (the latter for Mahershala Ali, who plays Juan, a drug dealer who takes young Chiron under his wing as a child). The film also won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes. It’s currently rated 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jason Ropell, VP, Worldwide Head of Motion Pictures for Amazon Studios, said, “We are thrilled to be the exclusive subscription streaming service to offer customers Academy Award winner Moonlight.”
Moonlight will join another high-profile Oscar winner that’s hitting the Prime catalog in May. The controversial Manchester by the Sea will be available to Prime customers beginning on May 5.