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Steven Spielberg considers Netflix Films unworthy of Oscars

by Richa Dhingra, Monday, March 26, 2018

According to renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Netflix films are undeserving of Oscars as they are "TV movies".

“Netflix movies are TV movies.” Spielberg said.

Ever since movie distribution began on Netflix, there have been numerous speculations in the industry about giving such films deserve the equal amount of recognition as theatrically released films or traditional in consideration of the Academy Awards nominations.


Spielberg shared his views in an interview with a news channel,"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. 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." 


Netflix has recently earned started recognition for awards for films like Dee Rees' "Mudbound" with one-week theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York, and Ava DuVernay's "13th" was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2016 Academy Awards even though it wasn’t released theatrically.


"Dunkirk" director Christopher Nolan shared his views on Netflix by saying that the online streaming brand’s release tactics are ‘mindless and bizzare’. 


Later on, he shared an apology to Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos by denoting his opinions as "undiplomatic".


In a recent interview, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said that Netflix and Amazon do represent "something important" and that "we will eventually come up with a good agreement because in order for a film to become part of history, it must go through theaters, box office, the critics, the passion of cinephiles, awards campaigns, books, directories, filmographies. All this is part of a tradition on which the history of film is based."

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