Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in a scene from Amazon Studios' double-Oscar-winning "Manchester By The Sea."
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Amazon.com has announced Jason Ropell, the executive in charge of its film division, plans to leave the company, in what could signal a shift toward commercial projects and away from independent films.Amazon's "The Big Sick" was an Oscar nominee this year, and another project championed by Ropell, the upcoming film "Beautiful Boy" starring actor Steve Carell, has already generated Oscar buzz for 2019 .Reuters reported earlier this year Amazon expected to go after films with budgets in the $50 million range at the expense of indie projects costing around $5 million.
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