Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix

For the last few years Netflix indie films have been strong contenders at the Academy Awards.  Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma cleaned up at the Oscars this year winning Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture. In previous years there were many nominations in many Oscar categories for Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mudbound, and 13th. However, if Steven Spielberg has his way there will be no more Netflix movies allowed to contend for Academy Award positions.

According to a report put out by IndieWire Spielberg will be putting forth a motion this week at the annual post-Oscar meeting that would keep Netflix films from qualifying for an Academy Award.

“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.”

While the legendary filmmaker is a three-time Oscar winner, he is holding on to a viewpoint that is very much of the past.

His efforts have sparked concern among many in the industry, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2017 directing category for Netflix’s prison reform documentary 13th.

She expressed her concerns in a tweeted on Friday urging the Board of Governors to read statements from directors like her on the matter.

Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns this year for Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the short End Game. Spielberg and others who fall on his side of the argument claim that Netflix’s ability to spend what they do in campaigning for their nominations is unfair to films not tied to a streaming service.

This is not the end of this debate. It may be a hot-button topic for many years to come. However, if Spielberg has his way there will not be any more Netflix films allowed to compete – like Roma.

What do you think of this? Should Netflix films be allowed to compete for Oscars? Or do you agree with Steven Spielberg? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Author: Kylan Riley

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2 thoughts on “Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix”

  1. Totally agree with Steven! Even though movies through Netflix is newer and becoming more common than traditional big screen releases, they are 2 completely different experiences. Each provides a different experience to the viewer and, depending on the movie, gets a benefit for releasing it one way or the other. They should compete with movies released in the same category!

    1. Thanks for the comment! I do have a question:
      Where do you think Netflix films should be recognized? I agree that viewing experiences are different. However, don’t you think a full length film being released primarily for home consumption that can still move an audience the way a film in the theater can should be recognized by the Academy?
      That being said, at the moment Netflix does not abide by some of the Academy rules and they are still getting nominated – which is currently Spielberg’s beef. I agree with him that they should be held to the same standard as the movie studios. But if they are made to abide by the same rules as other studios then they, I think, have a right to compete for Oscars.

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