Spielberg Wants Netflix Blocked from Oscars, Faces Industry Backlash
Roma earned Alfonso Cuaron an Oscar for Best Director, but Steven Spielberg did not. He does not think the original Netflix movies should be nominated, and he wants the Academy to prevent the streaming giant, as well as others, from becoming eligible in the future. This, of course, has provoked many negative reactions, including perhaps from the famous director Ava DuVernay, who herself works on some original Netflix projects and could possibly claim an Oscar.
The Oscar win of Roma this year was a big problem for Netflix, who spent millions of dollars in his campaign for the prize. Roma also received a nomination for best film, but lost against the Green Paper which had itself been the subject of controversy after the ceremony of Awards.
Rome is also not the first triumph of Netflix at the Oscars. In 2017, the streaming service was just beginning to dive into the awards season and won the Best Short Documentary Award for The White Helmets. Some administrators have criticized Netflix a lot in the past, but the victory of the best director of Roma has pushed everything to the boil. Now, Steven Spielberg becomes proactive and expresses himself.
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Spielberg wants all original Netflix movies to be banned at the academy. He complains of this in the past, as these films are rarely shown in movie theaters and when they do, it is very limited. Netflix breaks the traditional theatrical distribution model and upsets many artists in Hollywood. Others, like Martin Scorsese, whose The Irishman will air on Netflix in the fall, accept what the company has to offer. In some cases, as Roma it is a freedom that the directors would not otherwise have in a large studio.
Steven Spielberg has recorded the name "TV movies" of Netflix Originals. Roma and the Coen brothers The Ballad of Buster Scruggs also named this year. Netflix put Roma in some cinemas for three weeks. That did not stop Spielberg from thinking though.
Spielberg should plead in favor of a change in the rules of the Academy that would disqualify films such as Roma on an Oscars running. He will outline his arguments at the governor of the Academy's Governing Council meeting next month.
Some studio complaints against Netflix include the fact that they spent a lot more than anyone in their Oscar campaign. Some reports can reach $ 50 million or more. That's ten times more than what Universal spent for the Green Book . Do not work in the room before being pushed to do so is also a difficult point, because Netflix does not have to declare the numbers of his wickets. A spokesman for the Spielberg group, Amblin Entertainment, expresses it as well.
"Steven is firmly convinced of the difference between streaming and the theatrical situation."
Spielberg should become the main spokesman for this movement. . But not everyone will be in his favor, especially since Netflix is starting to pay more money to seasoned filmmakers who simply are not able to realize some of the projects they really want to carry out. Take for example the recent tweet from Ava DuVernay.
Dear @TheAcademy, This is a meeting of the Board of Governors. And ordinary branch members can not be present. But I hope that if this is true, you will have filmmakers in the room or you will read the statements of directors like me who feel different. Thank you, Ava DuVernay. https://t.co/DFBLVWhiJj
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) On March 1, 2019
She already made 13th for Netflix and when they see Us soon on the way. She asks the opponents of Spielberg to express themselves. It is unclear where Alfonso Cuarón, his Oscar now safe. It is likely that he will collaborate again with the streaming giant. And there is already a surge of rewards going on for the Scorsese film The Irishman and it has not been out for months. Would he dare Spielberg and get out of the race? This news comes from the AV club.