Will Netflix Still Win Oscars?
Netflix is hitting back at Steven Spielberg’s efforts to stop the streaming service from being nominated for Oscars. Steven Spielberg is seen here speaking onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California – Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.
Netflix is hitting back at Steven Spielberg’s efforts to stop the streaming service from being nominated for Oscars, according to a report by Brent Lang of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. Without mentioning the “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” director by name, Netflix released a statement on Twitter arguing that it loved cinema and was providing more people with access to films.
“We love cinema. Here are some things we also love,” Netflix tweeted. “Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters. Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time. Giving filmmakers more ways to share art. These things are not mutually exclusive.”
Spielberg, one of the members of the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, plans to propose a rules change that would bar films that debut on streaming services or have only a limited exclusive run in theaters from contention for awards. He believes these movies should be eligible for Emmys instead.
Netflix won four Oscars at this year’s awards, including three statues for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.” It scored a directing honor for Cuaron, but lost out in the best picture race to Universal’s “Green Book,” a civil rights drama that was produced by Spielberg’s company Amblin Partners and Participant Media.
Netflix was initially insistent that all of its films would premiere simultaneously on streaming platforms and in theaters. However, it has changed that stance. “Roma” had an exclusive three-week theatrical run and upcoming films such as J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will also bow in theaters before they start streaming. Scorsese is looking for the streaming service to have its widest-ever theatrical release, but exhibitors may have other plans. They have resisted Netflix’s overtures and want the company to agree to show its films in theaters for roughly three months before sharing them with their subscribers.