WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he meets with French President Francois Hollande in the Oval Office at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Hollande who arrived yesterday for a three day state visit, visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate and will be the guest of honor for a state dinner tonight. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Sourced from Consequence of Sound

Barack Obama is now an Academy Award nominee.

America’s 44th president landed his first-ever Oscar nomination for American Factory, an original documentary distributed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions in partnership with Netflix.

American Factory chronicles the shuttering of a General Motors factory in Dayton, Ohio and the impact it hand on the local community.

The documentary has been widely praised, with a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 86 out of 100. On Monday morning, the Academy added to the film’s legacy by naming it one of five finalists for Best Documentary Feature.

Many of President Obama’s favorite films of 2019 are also nominated for Academy Awards, including The IrishmanParasiteLittle Women, and Marriage Story. Winners will be announced on February 9th, 2020.


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