Barack and Michelle Obama’s Production Company scored an Oscar nomination for ‘American Factory’.
American Factory is a documentary that chronicled what happened to workers when a Chinese billionaire purchased a manufacturing plant in the US Midwest.
The documentary, first released from Higher Ground Productions.
Higher Ground Productions, a company Obama and Michelle founded in 2018.
They also unveiled a multiyear deal to supply programming to Netflix.
However, the film will compete for best documentary at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 9.
“Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary,” Barack Obama wrote on Twitter.
Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. 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. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 13, 2020
“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. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!”
Michelle Obama also offered congratulations, via Twitter, to filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar.
So thrilled that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind #AmericanFactory are nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar! We’re so proud of them and amazed by their talent for storytelling. See for yourself now on @Netflix. pic.twitter.com/pLEE5zg0gr
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 13, 2020
American Factory traces the lives of thousands of workers laid off from their auto jobs in Moraine in 2008 recession.
Some of them hired six years later by Chinese company Fuyao Glass America to make automotive glass in the same plant.
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.
Earlier, “Joker,” an American psychological thriller film about the mentally ill Batman villain, triumphed at the 92nd annual Academy Awards nominations, earning 11 nods, the most of any film.
Following are the nomination list for famous Oscar categories,