Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have earned a slew of impressive honors and awards over the years, from Grammys to NAACP Image Awards to the Nobel Peace Prize. But despite backing this year’s Academy Award-nominated documentary feature “American Factory,” the Obamas won’t be adding any Oscar statuettes to their mantle. At least not yet.
Co-directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, chronicles a fascinating experiment in cross-cultural capitalism when Chinese auto-glass manufacturing firm Fuyao decided to establish a satellite plant in an abandoned GM facility in Ohio. The film won the U.S. documentary directing award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and took home the Oscar Sunday night.
But while Netflix released “American Factory” under the banner of the Obamas’ production company,