Steven Spielberg is a known critic of Netflix’s release Version and he’s now taking the Battle to the Oscars.
At the upcoming annual post-Oscars meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors in April, the 72-year-old director and producer plans to push rule changes which will bar Netflix movies — for example Roma, which won three awards at the 2019 Oscars — by being nominated in the Oscars. Obviously, this has divided Hollywood filmmakers, who are split on what the best approach is if one does exist.
“Steven feels strongly about the gap between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Amblin, Spielberg’s producing bannerad, informed IndieWire in an announcement a week. “He’ll be pleased if others will join [his effort ] as it pertains up [in the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He’ll see what happens.”
“Awards rules talks are ongoing with the branches.
Spielberg is an influential figure in Hollywood, and also the Academy, thanks to his standing as the Academy Governor representing the directors’ branch. He has said previously that Netflix movies should compete only at the Emmys, which cover TV releases. The Emmys do have a section for”TV movies”, where films from the likes of HBO are all nominated.
However, it would be tough for the Academy to rule out Netflix movies, as they aren’t failing any release criteria as of today. Netflix has given movies like Roma a brief three-week release window in separate US cinemas, which means it to your own Oscars, as they need just one week of exclusive theatrical supply.
Some Academy insiders, speaking to IndieWire and TheWrap, asserted that proposed changes might include a four- or six-week interval for theatres prior to streaming, but the Academy would not easily accept that specified how it would influence other non-streaming indie movies.
The most prominent critic nonetheless has been manager Ava DuVernay. In a tweet on Friday, she said:”Dear @TheAcademy, This is a Board of Governors meeting. And regular branch members can not be there. However, I hope if this is accurate, that you are going to have filmmakers in the room or see statements from directors like me who feel differently.”
Sean Baker, manager of The Florida Project, brought up a peculiar proposal on Saturday:”Wouldn’t it be good if @netflix offered a”theatrical tier” to their pricing programs? For a nominal fee, Netflix members could see Netflix movies in theatres for free. I know I would spend an extra two dollars per month to see movies like Roma or even Buster Scruggs on the large screen.”
Baker confessed this was”only an idea without the details ironed out. But we have to find solutions like this in which everyone bends a little so as to keep the film community (which includes theatre owners, movie festivals and competitive distributors) alive and kicking.”
Joseph Kahn, a music video director who has worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, mentioned that it is riskier for traditional studios, compared to Netflix, to carry big bets on”unorthodox inventive”. He cited the instance of DuVernay’s film, A Wrinkle in Time, that”bombed” to Disney and possibly”cost some executive their job. If released on Netflix no big deal as long as the subscriber base rises next quarter”
“Ultimately the Oscars are meant to promote the theatrical experience,” Kahn additional . “Netflix releasing one theatre and claiming they should be celebrated the same manner as BlacKkKlansman or yes, Green Book, isn’t remotely fair.”
However, Spielberg’s stance overlooks the adventure for audiences globally. In nations like India, it is common for Oscar-nominated films to not ever appear. Roma, on the other hand, has been available to each Netflix member internationally since its launch on the stage.
Prasanna Ranganathan, an associate producer on upcoming Indian film Dream Girl, stated as much in his tweets, in that”Netflix is making films accessible for everyone round the planet”. Moreover, he noticed that”Netflix is producing more content than any other studio giving chances to under-represented musicians and filmmakers to produce content with virtually no restrictions.”
“If the Academy’s dedication to diversity & inclusion as stated in its A2020 strategy is as robust as it looks, excluding Netflix and its diverse musicians, storytellers & filmmakers from awards thought makes no sense,” Ranganathan concluded.