Barack and Michelle React to Their Netflix Film Being Nominated for an Oscar

The Obama’s production company’s debut documentary “American Factory” has been nominated for a “best documentary” Oscar.

Per People, The 2020 Academy Award nominations included the Higher Ground’s Netflix film among the pics for Best Documentary.

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.

American Factory is the former first couple’s first produced film. It highlights blue-collar workers in post-industrial Ohio who are employed at a factory that was opened by a Chinese billionaire at a former General Motors plant.

President Obama included American Factory on his “favorite movies of 2019” list last month.

He responded to the news by tweeting:

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!

Michelle Obama tweeted:

So thrilled that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind 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.

August, Barack and Michelle discussed their involvement with the project.