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.