Netflix responds after Steven Spielberg plans to block streaming giant from the Oscars

The director has previously argued that streamed movies shouldn't be nominated for Academy Awards

Netflix has responded after it was claimed that Steven Spielberg is set to discuss Netflix original movies being nominated at the Oscars during the next Academy meeting.

The acclaimed director has been vocal on the issue of whether streaming platform projects should receive the same treatment as theatrical releases. Last year, the Ready Player One filmmaker argued that TV films don’t deserve Academy Awards.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar”, Spielberg said. “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”


Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

Yesterday, it was reported that the director will be speaking out in support of changes to the awards’ rules at this year’s post-Oscars meeting.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin Entertainment spokesperson told Indiewire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

Responding to Spielberg’s plans on Twitter, Netflix said: “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.”


Director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter yesterday (March 3) to state that she values Netflix as the platform “distributes black work far/wide”. See that post above.

The news comes after Netflix’s Roma – directed by Alfonso Cuaron – picked up three Oscars at this year’s ceremony. Many claimed that the film didn’t abide by the same rules as cinematic releases, with complaints ranging from the fact Netflix spent too much and that their movies are available in 190 countries, 24-7.