Netflix Makes a Statement Defending Itself From Steven Spielberg Oscars Attack

Netflix Makes a Statement Defending Itself From Steven Spielberg Oscars Attack
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Steven Spielberg is not a person you want to upset in the film industry. Not only is he one of the most powerful men in the industry, but also is a member of the Academy (Oscars) board of governors. Unfortunately, he and Netflix do not see eye to eye in certain matters.
After Netflix’s ‘Roma’ won three of the total 15 Netflix nominations at the Oscars, Spielberg became pretty vocal about his views about the difference in theatrical viewing of movies and streaming and felt that since Netflix doesn’t comply with the general norms of theatre.
According to Spielberg, any movie that is not in theatres for at least 90 days before streaming cannot be counted as a proper filming experience and, thus should be ineligible for the Oscars. Furthermore, a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin, told IndieWire that “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation.” A spokesperson for Amblin declined CNN Business’ request for comment.

Netflix responded by tweeting on Sunday night saying “We love cinema”
They also elucidated the other things that they 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

And ended with a tongue in cheek, bold remark that “These things aren’t exclusive”.
The Oscar nominations not only help the company court talent and help create more exclusive content for subscribers. It can also have a further impact on how people prefer to view movies.
If Spielberg goes ahead with his proposals to the Academy board and the board accepts it, it could mean an end of Netflix’s Oscar run and also affect its future releases including one of the most awaited films “The Irishman”.

Only time will tell whether the old school cinema or Netflix’s streaming method will win.

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