Arts & Entertainment

‘Summer of Soul’ sees streaming boost after Oscar and Grammy dubs

PARK CITY, Utah — The Questlove-directed Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) won the Oscar for Best Documentary, and a week later, won the Grammy for Best Music Film.

Summer of Soul premiered at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

The only other motion pictures to accomplish that feat are Amy and 20 Feet from Stardom.

Disney confirmed to Deadline that streaming of the film has increased by nearly 400% when you compare the week of March 27-April 5 to March 13-March 22. You can watch the Summer of Soul on Hulu, Disney+, and Star+.

The Oscar win was presented by Chris Rock, shortly after he was slapped by Will Smith for making a joke about his wife’s hair loss.

In a now-deleted Tweet thread, one of the film’s producers, Joseph Patel, wrote that “what Will did was selfish. It robbed the category of its moment. It robbed the other excellent and amazing films of their moment to be acknowledged in what was a STRONG year for docs. And it robbed Summer of Soul and our team of our moment. Of a loud, enthusiastic cheer for a celebrated film.”

Patel also chastised Rock for his remark about the producers being “white guys.”

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