By: Kayla Reyes
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is receiving backlash as he makes it clear he will propose a rule that will make Netflix original films ineligible for the Oscars. He expresses how strongly he feels about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation. He states, “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
Spielberg believes streaming outlets like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu poses a threat to the cinema pulling people away from the theaters and urging them to stay home. According to Collider, “either Netflix would have to bend to their rules and release the film in theaters a full 90 days before it hits Netflix, or theater chains would have to break their long-held standards that hold fast to the 90-day window. That window of exclusivity is there to ensure that exhibiting films is worth a theater’s while—if a movie’s on Netflix at the same time it’s in theaters, chances are most people aren’t going to pay extra to go see it in a movie theater.”
Many disagree with Spielberg’s proposal including Director Ava DuVernay who is a supporter of Netflix and streaming outlets. She has mentioned before how she believes streaming outlets allow people of low income to watch films that are not always accessible to them. DuVernay took to twitter to share her opinion on the subject.
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