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Spielberg's spiel against Netflix's eligibility for Oscars has minority filmmakers bristling

05 March 2019

Perhaps the most vocal critic leading this charge is none other than Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Steven Spielberg wants to impose more rules on streaming services to be eligible for an Oscar.

As Variety points out, despite Netflix's best intentions of releasing its films simultaneously in theaters, some exhibitors have insisted on a three-month theatrical run ahead of any digital premiere. He will see what happens. Studios have had other complaints regarding Netflix spending too much on Awards campaigns and not reporting box-office, but neither of these are violations of the Academy guidelines.

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Netflix has finally responded to its critics with a tweet this morning.

Here are some things we also love: Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theaters. You really can't argue with that.

I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience.

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Netflix also released a video featuring Uzo Aduba that discussed the ways Netflix "makes room" for a wider range of stories with their shows and their movies.

Spielberg, is reportedly set to introduce the idea of a change in eligibility rules at an upcoming board meeting, in which he will apparently push for films to have an exclusive theatrical window of at least four weeks to qualify for major Oscars. I'm a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever.

DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary 13th was distributed through Netflix in 2016, and she is now working on When They See Us, a four-part series on the 1989 Central Park Five case which will premiere on the streaming giant's platform on May 31. "And the Board will likely consider the topic at the April meeting".

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For the past few years, Netflix has steadily made gains at the Oscars, from "Mudbound" to this year's "Roma". At the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, The Times described "an existential fight for the future of entertainment" caused by the digital disruption rocking the world of film distribution.

Spielberg's spiel against Netflix's eligibility for Oscars has minority filmmakers bristling