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Amazon could become 1st streamer to win best picture Oscar

After scoring four wins between them at the Golden Globes, streamers Inc. and Netflix Inc. now are in the hunt for even bigger Tinseltown trophies: Oscars.

Amazon Studios’ "Manchester by the Sea" was nominated for six Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Jan. 24, including the first-ever nod for best picture for a streaming service. "Manchester by the Sea" also earned nominations for Kenneth Lonergan for directing and original screenplay, Lucas Hedges for supporting actor, Michelle Williams for supporting actress and Casey Affleck for lead actor. Affleck earned the Golden Globe for his role as Lee Chandler on Jan. 8.

Amazon, which also picked up a Golden Globe for Billy Bob Thornton's best actor in a drama series win for "Goliath," scored a seventh Oscar nomination for "The Salesman" in the foreign-language film category.

Netflix, whose Golden Globes wins included Claire Foy's award for best drama actress for her portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II in the category-winning series "The Crown," picked up a trio of Oscar nominations also.

The Ava DuVernay documentary "13th," chronicling race and the criminal justice system in the U.S., was nominated in the documentary feature category, while "Extremis" and "The White Helmets" garnered nods in the documentary short category.

Netflix’s "13th" will face competition for documentary feature from another well-known TV brand ESPN (US). ESPN Films earned a nod for its deep dive into the "trial of the century," with "O.J.: Made in America," which had a brief run in theaters last May, before premiering on ABC in June 2016 and then a few days later on ESPN.

It will also be eligible for Emmy consideration in 2017.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. had the biggest day, however. The studio led the pack with 26 nominations, including a record-tying 14 for modern musical "La La Land," a total that matched the number of nods for "Titanic" and "All About Eve." The studio also earned best picture nominations for "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Hell or High Water."

In addition to the trio from Lions Gate and "Manchester by the Sea," the other nominees for best picture are "Arrival," "Moonlight," "Fences," "Lion" and "Hidden Figures."

Check out the full list of Oscar nominees here.

The 89th annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles, with comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosting the event on ABC (US).