Steven Spielberg supports a plan to block Netflix films from Academy Awards consideration.
The filmmaker, who is the governor of the Academy’s directors branch, argues that movies which debut on streaming services or have a short run in cinemas should instead qualify for the Emmys.
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“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin 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.”
The three-time Oscar winner has been vocal about the issue in the past.
“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he told ITV News last year.
“You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
At this year’s Oscars, the Netflix drama Roma won three awards for best director, best foreign language film and best cinematography.