Netflix is making a big play for awards season glory this year, with a huge slate of features set to make theatrical runs before premiering on the streaming service, in accordance with Academy Awards eligibility rules. Now, the company has revealed its entire release date schedule for those films.
Coming on the heels of the announcement for theatrical and streaming release dates for the Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro Oscar contender "The Irishman," Netflix also announced its plans for other high profile pics, including the Eddie Murphy-starring Blaxploitation biopic "Dolemite Is My Name," Noah Baumbach's Adam Driver-Scarlett Johansson drama "Marriage Story," Steven Soderbergh's Meryl Streep-starring "The Laundromat," and the Timothee Chalamet-Robert Pattinson flick "The King."
Here's the full release slate, with theatrical premiere dates first, followed by streaming premiere dates:
- The Laundromat: September 27, October 18
- Dolemite Is My Name: October 4, October 25 (watch the trailer here)
- The King: October 11, November 1 (watch the trailer here)
- The Irishman: November 1 (New York City and Los Angeles limited release) and November 8 (U.S. and U.K. wide release), November 27 (watch the trailer here)
- Earthquake Bird: November 1, November 15
- Marriage Story: November 6, December 6 (watch the trailer here)
- Klaus: November 8, November 15
- I Lost My Body: November 15, November 29
- Atlantics: November 15, November 29
- The Two Popes: November 27, December 20
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bylaws stipulate that any film submitted for Oscars consideration must first run in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County for seven days. According to Deadline, Netflix is giving itself plenty of cushion on that rule, with many of these movies playing exclusively in theaters for up to several weeks; the films will also continue screening in theaters while being available to stream on Netflix, pending audience demand.
Not everyone is happy with Netflix's new sway in Hollywood, though. While the streamer is now a member of the Motion Picture Association of America, many large theater chains -- including Regal, AMC, and Cinemark -- continue to turn their noses up at the company's distribution plans, declining to show their films (most famously during "Roma"'s awards season run earlier this year, when it was shut out of Best Picture nominee screening events).
Regardless of the chains' views, though, this slate in particular suggests that Netflix's film output will only continue to increase. We'll see if the company's continued bid for Oscars glory is a successful one.