Steven Spielberg, who is a member of the Academy’s board of governors and one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, has previously said he thinks that films that forgo a theater run or have a limited theatrical release shouldn’t be in contention for Oscars.
“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” Spielberg told ITV News last March. “I don’t believe that films that are given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
He took a shot at Netflix last month during an awards acceptance speech saying “I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers
So Steven Spielberg has spent the last few months going on a strange anti-Netflix campaign and making sure that whenever he was a microphone in front of him, he has to throw shade at the digital streaming platform for ruining cinema or something?
As far as the anti-Netflix Oscars wave, it appears as though filmmakers are angry that Netflix went all in on Roma’s Oscar campaign and spent an exorbitant amount of money to win those Acadamy Awards which from Netflix’s perspective, it made total sense as a Roma Best Picture win would provide a level of pedigree to a service who typically puts out nonstop C- level films.
But from Spielberg’s perspective um, what’s good my dude. Who hurt you? How does making movies more easily available to people lessen the movie industry in any way?
I’d understand if James Cameron was out here saying this nonsense seeing as how he’s currently at the bottom of the ocean recording revolutionary Avatar movies that will change humanity.
But Spielberg? I’m sorry that BFG and Bridge of Spies just ain’t hitting, my g. Ready Player One was fine. If anything, it would’ve been a perfect Netflix movie. You should work with them more often.
I will say, Netflix never really reveals streaming numbers and they removed the rating system a few years ago so I can imagine a director being frustrated at everyone being able to see their box office numbers, for better or for worse, while no one really knows how well Roma actually did.
That being said, Roma was not only the best movie of 2018 but one of the best movies ever made. So, weird movie to use for your anti-Netflix rants.
And real quick, you cannot say that Netflix movies don’t deserve Oscars because they don’t open in theatres when 99% of the Academy voters watch all of these movies at home on their own TV when the screeners arrive in the mail.
Get Steven Spielberg out of here. Or at the very least, send him back in time and bring back the Spielberg that made movies that mattered. No one asked for The Adventures of Tintin. Netflix or not. Get your wack ass movies out of here.
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