The film American Factory was released under the Obamas’ producing deal with Netflix in August 2019. Now, it’s receiving widespread recognition after co-directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar and producer Jeff Reichert took home the award on Sunday night for Best Documentary. And the Obamas are celebrating the big win.
Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release. https://t.co/W4AZ68iWoY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2020
In Barack’s congratulations to the two directors, he called the film “complex” and “moving.”
“Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release,” he wrote.
Michelle quickly followed up her husband’s sentiments with a message to the film’s entire crew.
Congrats to Julia, Steven, and the whole crew on winning Best Documentary for #AmericanFactory, Higher Ground's first release! So glad to see their heart and honesty recognized—because the best stories are rarely tidy or perfect. But that’s where the truth so often lies. https://t.co/qtdNEw9H3f— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 10, 2020
”So glad to see their heart and honesty recognized—because the best stories are rarely tidy or perfect,” the former first lady tweeted. “But that’s where the truth so often lies.”
The winning moment was especially meaningful for director Julia, who is currently battling terminal cancer at 73 years old.
“I'll be real honest, it would be extremely meaningful after four nominations and my age and my state of life. It would be very meaningful,” she told The Hollywood Reporter after learning about the Oscar nomination. “There's no cure for what I have. And it could be six months, a year, or more.”
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