Steven Spielberg Doesn’t Think Netflix Should Win Oscars
In an interview promoting Ready Player One, director Steven Spielberg believes that Netflix should be ineligible for the Oscars.
Steven Spielberg is hitting the streets to promote his latest film, Ready Player One, where he dropped a hot take that should make Reed Hastings ears perk up. Responding to a direct question about Netflix’s threat to the cinematic form, Spielberg stated that content on Netflix should be considered a television format. “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he said while chatting to ITV News.
“Television is thriving with quality and art,” Spielberg said. “But it endangers film as a form because creators won’t brave the indie awards scene and just go to SVOD providers instead. But once you do, the creation crosses a Rubicon to become television, and shouldn’t be considered for an Academy Award.” Other old guards of cinema similarly reject content on streaming services.
Cannes banned Netflix from competition this year after last year’s uproar over allowing Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories to run for awards. Spielberg likewise said that films shouldn’t qualify for Oscars if they only run in cinemas for a limited time. Members of the Academy complained about Netflix streaming movies that were considered for the Oscars because it gives an advantage over traditionally-released fare.
SOURCE: ITV News