The latest edition of the Academy Awards (the Oscars) saw a lot of extraordinary nominations, one of which was Netflix’s Roma. It was nominated for 10 categories and ended up bagging three of them. However, this hasn’t really gone well with Hollywood filmmaker, Steven Spielberg. He is leaving no stone unturned to ban the streaming service of Netflix from availing Oscars’ nominations. At the upcoming annual post-Oscars meeting, which is slated to take place in April, the Jurassic Park director plans to put forward changes that will ban Netflix films from being nominated at the Oscars.
Spielberg’s spokesperson told IndieWire, “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation. He will be happy if others will join (his campaign) when that comes up (at the Academy Board of Governors meeting). He will see what happens.” To which the Academy’s statement said, “Awards rules discussions are ongoing with the branches. And the Board will likely consider the topic at the April meeting.” Steven also said that Netflix should only be considered for Emmys and not Oscars. Unsurprisingly, Steven’s move has irked Netflix. In a tweet put up by the official account of Netflix, looks like they have vented out all the frustration.
In their tweet, Netflix defended itself saying that they provide access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theatres. It further stated that Netflix lets everyone, everywhere, enjoy releases at the same time and gives filmmakers more ways to share art. “These things are not mutually exclusive,” is how they ended by being both savage and bold! We now wait for Spielberg’s stance.Read More