As it stands, Netflix did very well at this year’s Academy Awards, but murmurs have already started to surface and it seems that everyone is not happy with the rise of Netflix, according to a report by TechCrunch. At this year’s Academy Awards, Roma garnered all the accolades and took more awards than any streaming original before it. But it lost in the Best Picture Category to Green Book, where its association with Netflix might have hurt its chances to take the top award and it is also a well-documented fact that no foreign film has got the Best Picture Award from the Academy.
Well, it seems that some of the big names have already started speaking about the media services provider’s role at the Oscars. As reports suggest that Steven Spielberg is preparing to speak out against Netflix at the next meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors.
While it is still not clear what changes he is planning to propose, but according to some reports, the Hollywood legend is suggesting that movies be required to play exclusively in theaters for at least four weeks to be eligible for an Oscar.
Spielberg was open about his views when he spoke in an interview last year that Netflix movies were TV movies and they should be up for Emmy’s and not the Oscars.
The discussion has now gone beyond the Oscars and the very fact that Netflix and streaming pose a serious threat to the theatrical model has become the center of any discussion regarding Netflix. It is the same threat and anxiety that prompted Cannes Film festival to announce a rule that prevented Netflix from participating and that led the major theater chains to refuse to show “Roma,” even after it was nominated for 10 Oscars.
The whole debate ceases to die down and it has got the attention of Netflix also which tweeted on Monday saying, “We love cinema.” It also said that it allows people who can’t always afford to watch movies, or live in towns without theaters and gives filmmakers “more ways to share art.”
We love cinema. Here are some things we also love:
-Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theaters
-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time
-Giving filmmakers more ways to share art
These things are not mutually exclusive.
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) March 4, 2019
The debate surrounding the fact whether Netflix is good or bad for the movie industry is not going to die down anytime soon and as the debate rages on, it would be good for everyone if little bit pressure makes the company more serious about releasing its movies in theatres.