Is Steven Spielberg Against Netflix?

Steven Spielberg, current governor of the Academy’s directors branch, wants to block Netflix films from Academy Awards consideration. Does he have a point?

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Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s recent comments surrounding Netflix have caused quite a stir, according to Deadline. Apparently, he does not believe movies from streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon should be eligible for The Academy Awards.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson 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.”

The 72-year-old is expected to propose some new rules that would change the qualifications for Oscar eligibility. Per Deadline, he believes movies that are released on streaming services and have a rather short theatrical run should qualify for the Emmy’s, which is an award ceremony for television.

Back in 2018, Spielberg said, “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

While the proposed alterations are not clear, one of them is likely to be that a movie has to be in theaters for at least four weeks to be Oscar eligible.

Spielberg is known for his work on all-time classics such as “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Schindlers’ List.”

Unsurprisingly, Spielberg’s proposal hasn’t been well-received by people in the industry, with many fighting back against the notion that Netflix movies aren’t worthy.

“Steven Spielberg is gunning to make sure Netflix never has another Oscars contender like ‘Roma,’” director of “Army of Darkness,” Bruce Campbell, tweeted. “Sorry, Mr. Spielberg, ‘Roma’ ain’t no TV movie – it’s as impressive as anything out there. Platforms have become irrelevant. Make a movie with Netflix.”

Netflix’s “Roma” only had a three-week theatrical release, but it still collected three Oscars. And although it didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Picture (which controversially went to “Greenbook”), it was regarded as a favorite.

Jean Elie, an actor on “Insecure,” also called out the “Jurassic Park” director, tweeting, “Why would you want to stop others from shining/sharing the light?”

A point that seems to be overlooked is that Netflix gives a platform to underprivileged directors.

“It’s possible that Steven Spielberg doesn’t know how difficult it is to get movies made in the legacy system as a woman or a person of color,” tweeted Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List. “In his extraordinary career, he hasn’t exactly produced, or executive produced many films directed by them.”

And, when they create it, the distribution reach via Netflix is much higher than if it were to be released in theaters, a point that director of “13th” Ava DuVernay pointed out on Twitter.

“One of the things I value about Netflix is that it distributes black work far/wide. 190 countries will get WHEN THEY SEE US. Here’s a promo for South Africa. I’ve had just one film distributed wide internationally. Not SELMA. Not WRINKLE. It was 13TH. By Netflix. That matters,” DuVernay tweeted.

By Spielberg’s logic, any of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films should be nominated for an Oscar before a movie like “Roma,” and we know that’s not true.

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Steven Spielberg, current governor of the Academy’s directors branch, wants to block Netflix films from Academy Awards consideration. Does he have a point?

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