Steven Spielberg Controversially Wants Netflix Out of Oscars, Netflix Responds

Steven Spielberg is a known critic of Netflix's release model and he's now taking the fight to the Oscars. At the upcoming annual post-Oscars meeting of the Academy's Board of Governors in April, the 72-year-old director and producer plans to push for rule changes that will bar Netflix movies — such

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Steven Spielberg is a known critic of Netflix's release model and he's now taking the fight to the Oscars. At the upcoming annual post-Oscars meeting of the Academy's Board of Governors in April, the 72-year-old director and producer plans to push for rule changes that will bar Netflix movies — such as Roma, which won three awards at the 2019 Oscars — from being nominated at the Oscars. Naturally, this has divided Hollywood filmmakers, who are split on what the best approach is — if one does even exist. Netflix responded too, late over the weekend.Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Amblin, Spielberg's producing banner, told  indiaWire others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happensmost prominent critic yet has been director Ava DuVernay. In a tweet on Friday, she said Dear @TheAcademy, This is a Board of Governors meeting. And regular branch members can't be there. But I hope if this is true, that you'll have filmmakers in the room or read statements from directors like me who feel differently.”Sean Baker, director of The Florida Projec broud strange proposal late on Saturday: “Wouldn't it be great if @netflix offered a “theatrical tier” to their pricing plans? For a nominal fee, Netflix members could see Netflix films in theatres for free. I know I'd spend an extra 2 dollars a month to see films like Roma or Buster Scruggs on the big screen.”details ironed out. But we need to find solutions like this in which everybody bends a bit in order to keep the film community (which includes theatre owners, film festivals and competitive distributors) alive and kicking.”

Joseph Kahn, a music video director who has worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, noted that it's riskier for traditional studios, as opposed to Netflix, to take big bets on “unorthodox creative”. He cited the example of DuVernay's film, A Wrinkle in Time, which “bombed” for Disney and possibly “cost some executive their job. If released on Netflix no big deal as long as the subscriber base increases next quarter.”
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