Obama production company’s 1st film receives Oscar nomination

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Barack and Michelle Obama officially entered the 2020 Oscars mix with the documentary American Factory, which made headlines last summer when it was announced as the first film presented by the Obamas' production company, Higher Ground. "I like this film for its nuanced, honest portrayal of the way a changing global economy plays out in real lives".

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America. "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".

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The Obamas signed a multi-year deal with Netflix back in May 2018 to produce a string of TV series, films and documentaries (both fiction and nonfiction) for the streaming giant.

The Obamas scored an Academy Award nod in the best documentary for American Factory, which probes the struggle of US workers in a changing global economy.

Former President Barack Obama added his congratulations as well. The Obamas' Higher Ground production company backed the movie, along with Jeff Skoll's Participant Media.

American Factory will compete against The Cave, a documentary about genocide in Syria; The Edge of Democracy about the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies, and others.

The Academy Awards will be handed out on February 9.

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