Less than a week after Roma, a Netflix Original, walked away with three Oscar awards, Steven Spielberg is expected to propose an Oscars rule change as he feels that it’s unfair to include Netflix original films for Oscar contention.
“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation. He’ll be happy if the others will join his campaign when that comes up at the Academy Board of Governors meeting. He will see what happens.” said a spokesperson for Amblin, a production company founded by Steven Spielberg.
Steven Spielberg, who represents the director’s branch on the Academy board, has been a vocal critic of streaming giants and their unorthodox approach to filmmaking. According to him, films that premiere on such OTT platforms should be eligible for the Emmy Awards, and not the Academy Awards.
Spielberg said of the films, “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
Steven Spielberg, 72, is expected to make his case during the next Academy Board of Governors meeting scheduled for April. Looks like the director who has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, has not warmed up to Netflix.
To fund successful Oscar campaigns, one requires money and Netflix has proven its ability to fund campaigns successfully as compared to other studios. According to sources, Netflix spent about $50 million for Roma, with Green Book barely managed $05 million. A disparity, which is huge.
Netflix has only been in the Oscars game for a few years, but in that time they’ve given us the first female nominee for cinematography (Rachel Morrison for Mudbound), a best documentary short award for a film directed by an Iranian-American women about menstruation (Period. End of Sentence.), and the first indigenous woman nominated for best actress (Yalitza Aparicio, Roma).