Unfortunately for Encanto, the one song that seems to have blown up the music streaming services wasn’t recommended for Best Song: We Don’t Talk About Bruno. In hindsight, that was a real failure of vision for the company.
Still, Dos Oruguitas (Two Caterpillars) is a good song and will hopefully serve as a proxy for Bruno. My hope is that Bruno will lift up Encanto’s Original Score nomination, though technically, the score isn’t supposed to be the same as the songs.
Disney has 2 of the nominees for best animated picture, and as much as I enjoyed Encanto, I really enjoyed Raya And The Last Dragon.
Traditionally, however, outside of the song and best animated feature categories, Disney has not done well at the Oscars. The hope is that 20th Studios Searchlight, the art film side of 20th Century Studios, will lift Disney’s prospects.
I believe West Side Story is on HBO Max, not DirectTV, though it is also available to rent on a number of platforms. This is apparently due to a streaming agreement between 20th Century Studios and HBO. I don’t know the details, but I expect there was a prior arrangement with 20th Century Fox that Disney inherited.
As for Encanto, I don’t see anything about it being released on DirectTV. I think what you are seeing there is the PPV rental fee, not a programming rotation or on-demand availability.
Who would be happy to be proven wrong and if so homes Disney is getting a nice licensing fee…
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