Amazon Prime Video Premieres Academy Award-Winning Manchester by the Sea in Canada on March 21

Prime members in Canada will be the first to stream and download the Best Picture nominated film

SEATTLE, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the Amazon Original Movie Manchester by the Sea will be available to stream and enjoy on Amazon Prime Video as its exclusive subscription streaming home starting March 21. The Amazon Studios film is the winner of two Academy Awards, Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave from his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. The film is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

Amazon Prime Video was the first streaming service to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, along with five additional nominations including Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Lucas Hedges for Best Supporting Actor, Michelle Williams for Best Supporting Actress and Kenneth Lonergan for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Prime members will be able to watch the film anytime, anywhere at no additional cost to Prime via the Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV by Sony or online at—and can also download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. In addition, members can watch Manchester by the Sea in English with French subtitled and dubbed versions available. Manchester by the Sea will be available in the U.S. on May 5, joining Amazon Prime Video's line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies—to see more originals available exclusively for Prime members, visit

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Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is automatically available at no additional cost to Prime members in Canada.  In addition, Prime benefits include unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, Prime FREE Same-Day and One-Day Delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, Prime FREE One-Day Delivery in Montreal, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Drive, 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals and more. To learn more about Amazon Prime, visit

About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series. First announced in January 2015, Amazon Original Movies in an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. Like Amazon Original Series, Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices and character from top and up-and-coming creators. In 2015 Amazon Studios released its first film, Chi-raq, from critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Chi-raq is now available for Prime members to stream exclusively. Kenneth Lonergan's Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea (Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay- Kenneth Lonergan) and Asghar Farhadi's Academy Award-winning The Salesman (Best Foreign Language Film) are both currently in theaters.

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