Among the snubs and surprise inclusions in this year’s Oscar nominations, one might have stood out for Japanese movie fans — and I’m not talking about “Your Name.” In what’s surely a first, a Best Picture nominee has bypassed cinemas here and gone straight to Netflix.

David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” a financial-crisis parable masquerading as a genre thriller, drew rave reviews in the U.S. last summer. Netflix Japan picked up local distribution rights and has been streaming it since last November, though it honestly took an Academy Award nod for me to notice.

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