Steven Spielberg And Netflix Are Feuding Over The Oscars
Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is looking to lock streaming services out of Academy Awards contention.
Following the recent success of the Netflix-produced feature Roma at the Academy Awards, Spielberg is reportedly campaigning to tighten the eligibility restrictions of the prestigious awards ceremony.
The Jurassic Park director believes that Oscar nominations should only be handed out to films that have a traditional theatrical release -- and that streaming services should only qualify for the Emmys, rude!
"You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar," Spielberg told ITV back in March 2018. "I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination," he added.
Netflix released Alfonso Cuaron's Roma to TVs, laptops and mobile devices everywhere in October last year, but it also enjoyed a limited theatrical release to ensure it would be eligible for awards season.
The film went on to pick up three Oscars-- including Best Director -- as well as an armful of BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards.
Spielberg is now reportedly ramping up his campaign to ban another Netflix film from sweeping award season like this ever again. According to IndieWire, his main gripe seems to be that Netflix was able to spend an exorbitant amount of money on marketing (reportedly $US50 million) and that Roma didn't respect the "90-day theatrical release window".
“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson from his production company told IndieWire.
“He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”
Netflix has now hit back at the director -- without mentioning him by name -- via a deliciously shady subtweet.
The Netflix Film account reminded everyone that Netflix makes Oscar-worthy films more accessible to everyone, at the same time, and the service gives filmmakers "more ways to share art".
The Netflix release also meant that Cuarón was able to make a film about an indigenous woman in Mexico, "a character that has historically been relegated to the background of cinema," he said in his acceptance speech for Best Director.
Spielberg will reportedly voice his concerns at the Academy Board of Governors meeting in April, so we'll have to wait a few more months to find out whether any Netflix films will be locked out from next year's Oscars.
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